Damp days and photography

So you wanted to go out and take some landscape pictures but it’s raining? So what! You have heard the saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes” well if you’re a photographer it’s still true just add “and something to keep the rain off the lens.” If you have top flight gear that’s weatherproof a lens hood may be all you need, if the camera and lens are not rain-proof then you either need to be VERY careful or take along an assistant and an umbrella.

I prefer to work alone, no one to help admittedly but no one to distract either. Truth to tell I am a loner by nature I suppose. So if setting up a camera while holding an umbrella is more than my two arms can accommodate then I need to find some other way of keeping the rain off so I head for the woods. The odd drop of rain will penetrate for sure but I no longer need to fight against direct rain landing on the front of the lens so it is easier to work and with grey skies the light inside a wood is much less contrasty and control of both highlights and shadows is easier. It’s win, win!

An ancient oak in Charnwood Forest.
An ancient oak in Charnwood Forest.
Start moss growing in Swithland woods a Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Star moss growing in Swithland woods a Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The roots of an ancient oak tree cling around rocks on stony ground.
The roots of an ancient oak tree cling around rocks on stony ground – a panorama of seven frames which really needs to be seen much larger than this web page allows to appreciate the detail.

To see more of my images and to buy a print please visit Bill Allsopp.co.uk

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