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Bad Weather

January 28th, 2008

“Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures.” I don’t know who to credit for this quote, but I find to be very true. I’ve been taking a nature walk with my Canon G9 every morning, and I find the pictures I like the best are usually from the days that are wet, frosty, icy, snowy, or foggy. Generally the nastier the weather, the better the pictures.

I’m not saying that warm raking light, sunsets, blue skies, and puffy clouds don’t make for great photography; they do, but these visual elements are very usual in photography. I believe we are visually attracted to the unusual; beautiful sunrises and sunsets are unusual unusual in life, BUT they are very usual in photography. Bad weather is a usual occurrence in life, but it’s unusual in photographs because photographers tend to stay inside and protect their gear from the elements.

The artist must sometimes suffer!

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  1. Michael Voigt
    January 30th, 2008 at 22:54 | #1

    Great picture, the colors look like some neat oils are interacting with the water… trippy.

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