As I sit here on this Sunday morning, the rain is pouring outside. When I was a child, I used to hate the rain because it meant not getting to play outside. I’m still not particularly fond of it when I have my commute to work ahead, but when I have no particular place I have to go, it’s a lot like snow: Let ‘er rip.
Full disclosure: I love storms. I never wish for harm or damage, but it is an adrenaline rush when a storm does roll in. Perhaps I was conditioned during my years as a newspaper reporter, hopping in a car to rush out to get photos of damage.
My hometown, Fort Payne AL, is no stranger to destructive storms. One of my earliest childhood memories is walking around our neighborhood following the devastating tornados of 1973. It felt like the end of the world. And more recently, our area was in the direct path of an EF5 tornado that took dozens of lives back in April 2010.
How does any of this relate to photography? Just in the sense that dramatic light lends well to visual storytelling. Just look at how Steven Spielberg employs sinister clouds into so many of his films.
It’s a mistake to think that you need a bright, sunny day to get decent photos. Quite the contrary, when you learn to watch subtle changes in the quality of light, you see that rainy days can result in interesting changes to textures, increased vibrancy of colors, and instant dramatic qualities.
In this blog post, I’m sharing some images that demonstrate what I am talking about! Click on the slider if the images do not automatically show for you.