Sunday, February 17, 2013

Shooting the weather

Ever try to catch raindrops? Probably don't have to since they'll hit you first. How about running between the raindrops? Fuggedaboutit!

But how does a photographer photograph raging wind, a thunderstorm, a blizzard, a hurricane etc.? The best way it seems is to film the after-effects or like in the picture above, people holding umbrellas which means it's either very hot and they want to protect themselves from the sun's rays or it's simply raining.

Catching the mood of a weather event is another thing altogether. That ominous howling the wind makes outside your window at night. The impending fear one has seeing a tornado spout. The quiet before a storm.

Look at the photo above. It's a loch in Scotland. What lies beyond? The mystery that some kinds of weather presents us with is abundant in foggy conditions. Just peer into the mist. What lies beyond? It's a metaphor of our lives. Each day brings promise but always tainted with uncertainty. That's what makes life interesting.

But can I capture this with my camera? We'll just have to wait and see.

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