Don’t Fear the Clouds

Photography literally translates to paint with light so many photographers believe if the light isn’t there pack up the camera and go home.  I say pack up the car and head out. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats the golden light of dawn and dusk but that’s not always an option, especially if you’re on vacation and can’t hold out for the right weather.  A cloudy, overcast day is actually the perfect time to photograph flowers.  They look amazing when shot on a cloudy day and raindrops add an extra visual element to your shot.  In this weather, you can capture every little detail and create a fairy world for yourself.  It’s like the universe has given you one giant soft box to diffuse all that nasty, harsh light, how cool is that?  I like to shoot a bit underexposed to make the colors even richer and more vibrant.  I’m lucky to live near a wonderful botanic garden that stays open late in the summer.  Nothing beats heading there after work to decompress from the day.  You can just feel the stress melt away as you casually stroll among the colors of nature.

All of these flower shots were taken on a recent trip to New Zealand.  To save money, I almost always travel during off season which means I don’t always get the best weather.  I do, however, get much smaller crowds a big bonus when trying to photograph something iconic.  Much less likely to have a selfie stick ruin your shot.  This trip, I had some rainy, cloudy days but it didn’t stop me from capturing everything that magical land had to offer and it should never stop you.