I took this last January and as usual it was raining in Vancouver. Even so I spent most of the day outdoors taking pictures. The scenes, energy and images are so different from my home in Florida, I easily get carried away and forget the time. When I finally got back to the hotel both me and my camera were soaked. When I tried to dry it off it didn't want to work. I should have known better. I laid it on the desk, changed into some dry clothes and went for dinner. By the time I got back the camera was fine. But I made a mental note that if I ever see a nice camera rain cover I should pick it up. I just did from Peak Designs so here's the link in case your interested: https://goo.gl/rkJXeH
We get rain here in Florida also, but it's not the same by any stretch. In the summer we get crazy tropical thunderstorms and the lightening gets a little scary. Basically you don't want to be outside when lighting is in the air, yet it creates all kinds of other artistic opportunities.
Rain is good for photography, if you take the time to look you'll see all kinds of unique compositions. For street photography the rain puts everyone a little off center and so they are carrying umbrellas or running for cover. If you're doing landscape photography then it means the clouds will be full of drama. Either way rain is good for photography yet maybe not so much for cameras. My advice is to get a shell to save your camera so you can worry less about the equipment and concentrate more on the scenes in front of you.
This is a section of Robinson Preserve in Bradenton Florida. I love this section of boardwalk because of the way it curves into the mangroves; ...talk about a leading line. It seems every time I try to get this shot something goes wrong, but this time I'm pretty happy with the result. The odds were in my favor for a change.
This is not far from where the Spanish conquistador Hernando DeSoto landed and began an expedition of the new world. There is a lot of history around that but the thing that grabs my imagination is the physical demands of the expedition. Here we have a boardwalk winding through the mangroves, back then there was nothing. Add to that the Florida heat. Then add the wool and leather clothing they wore back then and you start to get my drift.
We live in a different time, now we have boardwalks and piers, but still I like to think about what it was like. To tell you the truth, if I was walking on this and suddenly it disappeared and I found myself in the middle of the mangroves knee deep in muck, I might begin to panic. But that never happens and instead I took this picture and went home to air conditioning and lemonade.
I read somewhere that (I'm paraphrasing) photography teaches us to see things without a camera. I think that's true because I'm always looking up in the sky at the clouds or looking around for interesting sights. On this morning while walking the dog I noticed the early light on the bridge, the reflection in the water and the clouds that looked like a painting. While there were other people walking nearby, I might have been the only person to notice all these at once.
There was nothing special about the morning I took this, a typical morning by all accounts. Yet I'm always looking for compositions even when I'm not taking photos. It's the practice of being present in the moment. I don't always succeed, but more and more I'm in the habit of being aware.
Also, just showing up at a location is half the battle. Not always but usually I can find a composition. It really depends but the more I try the more it happens.
Another thing I've read is that as a photographer you should be well practiced in your own neighborhood. That forces me to push and see everyday sights with new eyes.
Anyway, all of these things together and this is what my new eyes picked up while walking the dog.