Rainy Day Photo Example-New Image!

Carson River Fall Detail Panorama

One of my favorite times to create images is during a gentle rain. While most people are hiding inside, I am out searching for images that have been rain soaked and saturated. This saturation, along with overcast skies (softly filtered light) enables us to capture rich colors without the harsh contrast of a directly lit subject. Most often, it is a good idea to exclude the dreary sky from these images and just focus on the details. The vantage I chose, in the middle of the river, brought me closer into my subject, giving  a greater feeling of being “within the scene” (a quality my collectors comment on often). I used the moving water as a dynamic lead in line, drawing the eye into the composition, and adding a feeling of motion to an otherwise static scene. I also like the way the white water adds a contrast to the darker tones in the image. I chose to exclude a majority of the sky, as it would have made the scene feel gloomy. However, due to the lack of brightness in the dark grey of the clouds, I was able to keep a bit of sky visible between the trees and retain the full (non-chopped) composition. I also used a warming polarizer to remove a majority of the glare on the wet rocks and foliage. This enabled me to see the rich colors in the scene, as well as extending the required exposure time to accentuate the moving water. In the end, the scene makes me feel good when I view it. Along with all the technical aspects of my work, I always fall back to the emotions I feel (or don’t feel) in a finished composition. That is usually what transforms an image from simply a two dimensional picture into a three dimensional work of art!

Equipment Details: KB Canham 5×7 Metal Field Camera, Caltar II-N (Rodenstock) 90mm lens, Singh-Ray LB Warning Polarizer, Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head, Gitzo 1325 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Fuji Quickload Film Holder, Fuji Velvia 50 4×5 inch Transparency Film, BTZS Dark Cloth, LowePro Super Trekker AW Backpack.

Please Note: I have left a lot of time open in the next several months for private field seminars. I have been receiving many inquiries from aspiring photographers out there and have made the time available. I am looking out at some fresh snow this morning…perfect winter conditions. Call ASAP to schedule your time with me.

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  1. Lars Daniel January 25, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    So this is three 4×5 shots put together in photoshop? Do you use shift or do you just turn the camera (or both).

    • admin January 25, 2011 at 11:30 am #

      Lars- for panoramic images like this one I use a 6x17cm panoramic film back on a Canham 5×7 metal field camera. I compose on the ground glass, remove the glass back and attach the panoramic film holder to make the exposure.