Friday, October 21, 2011

Weather or Not?

On a vacation one typically hopes for fabulous weather.  As a photographer however one has to go with what is presented and I for one feel fortunate when the weather is less than perfect.  A cloudy sky is a perfect natural light box providing a soft and even illumination of the subject below the clouds.  Add torrential rain and I quite frankly delight in what nature presents; a masterful display of natural artwork no further than one's hiking boot.  In this type of environment I find myself focusing more closely on the minute elements that the weather presents with this unique opportunity of clouds and rain.  The three immediate images are samples of delicate pearls of rain dancing on cobwebs suspended from vegetation along the path.

© 2011, Joanne Scherf
© 2011, Joanne Scherf

© 2011, Joanne Scherf

Or even the submerged park glistens with vibrant colors and reflections of nearby trees, again not evident on a clear, sunny day with the same intensity.

© 2011, Joanne Scherf

© 2011, Joanne Scherf

The lesson learned over years of practice, is to embrace the challenge and use the opportunity of  inclement weather to create pure and natural art.

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