Thursday, February 20, 2014

Something From Nothing

Good images don’t always have to come from exotic locations or spectacular circumstances. Sometimes the simplest things can work together to create interesting shots.

This pond in autumn is a good example of making something from nothing. The reflection of fall colors makes a lovely backdrop to the raindrops hitting the surface of the water. Before the rain started I was all set to photograph the reflections, but the unexpected sprinkles were a nice added touch.

It is tempting to not shoot in the rain, or the fog, or the snow. But those can be the best times to get out there and see what you can find. Because virtually all cameras are digital, moisture can wreak havoc with the electronics, so you want to have good rain protection for cameras and lenses.

Something as simple as a plastic trash bag held on with rubber bands can work in a  pinch, or a plastic shower cap. There are many types of rain protection available, some simpler than others. My personal preference is something simple and lightweight, something that can be attached in a hurry but still allows me to see and use all the camera’s controls.

My favorite is the Vortex Storm Jacket, available from several retailers including Hunt’s Photo and Video   It comes in different sizes and colors. The “pro” version has an opening at the bottom that allows use with a tripod.

It is not inexpensive, but it seems to hold up well. It is made of coated nylon, and while the manufacturer does not recommend using it in a torrential downpour, I have found it to be waterproof in light showers, mist, and fog. I even recommend using it on windy days if you are shooting at the beach or other areas where dust and dirt are being kicked up by the wind. 

Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.  Aperture f/7.1.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L.  Camera: Canon 40D.  Handheld.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”  --Confucius

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