Posts Tagged ‘rain’

IN THE FIELD: Rain and Tulips

May 3, 2016 8 comments


It’s been raining off and on for the last several days…and will be for the rest of the week.  I figure that’s no reason to put the camera away just because its a little damp outside.

There are several reasons I like to play with the camera on rainy days and in inclement weather. The light is more even with no contrasty shadows. And there is usually no one else around except for other dedicated or what some folks would call crazy photographers.

Ok I’ll admit it wasn’t actually “raining” when I took this shot. It was kind of what I call “Maine rain.”  Maine rain is in between a soaking rain and heavy fog. The fog/mist is heavy enough to get everything that is not covered…good and wet.

If you are going to be out in this kind of rain, it’s a good idea to use some kind of protection for your camera and lens. I could be something as simple as a plastic bag you get at the produce section of the grocery store. Or something made specifically for cameras. I like to use a rain sleeve from OP/TECH USA. Super inexpensive and they work.


IN THE FIELD: Where Are April’s Showers?

April 16, 2012 27 comments

The weather patterns we have been experiencing where we live are most unusual for April. Trees are showing their buds and spring bulbs have been blooming as expected for this time of year. But it has been unseasonably warm and extremely windy for almost two weeks. The biggest concern is we haven’t had any measurable rain since mid March, although light showers have been forecasted almost every day. We see the storms on the radar, but they never make it to our area. There must be some kind of force field over us which prevents the rain from reaching the ground.

Last night, major thunderstorms were predicted to move into the area from the Northwest. And judging by the foreboding skies approaching us, flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder, we thought for sure the heavens would open to give the trees and plants a well deserved drink.

Nope…the force field remained in place and we received only a sprinkle at daybreak. In fact, everything was dry by 10:00 in the morning.

Does anyone know a good rain dance?