The real adventure of photography is being passionate about creating images that reflect your view of the world, not the repetition of someone else’s ideas. To produce great images, you’ll sometimes have to brave the elements. Are you ready to take your camera out of its case and drag it out into the rain or snow; to get up in the middle of the night to make images of the sunrise? Will you miss dinner for a beautiful sunset? Would you sacrifice a good night’s sleep for a shot in the dark? Will you shiver on a cold winter’s night?
Photographing the elements can be a humbling experience. Mother Nature unleashes incredible powers, dwarfing humankind with her fury. If you have been caught in a heavy cloudburst, a fierce windstorm, hailstorm, near a hurricane, in the path of a tornado, a desert sandstorm, a blizzard, or soaked by a thunderstorm with deadly lightning striking around you, you know the feeling I’m talking about. In cases like this, there seems to be nothing you can do except wait it out. Maybe not. You could be making photographs while you wait.
The elements provide the backdrop and subject matter for many photographs. To capture these images, a photographer must be willing to uncover his or her precious camera and risk getting it wet. Modern cameras are well sealed and a little bit of rain or snowfall won’t penetrate their interiors. Of course, you’ll need to take a few precautions to protect your camera between exposures. Your can tuck the camera inside your coat, put a plastic bag over it, or place it back inside a waterproof camera bag. Under these kind of conditions, you won’t melt and neither will your camera.
Comment: For some reason, infrared images like the above seem to be more sensitive to lens flare than those made with visible light. I’m sure one of my physicist-readers knows why and if you’d care to share that information with this blog’s readers, please send me a note via the Contact button above.