Bad Weather Doesn't Mean Bad Photos!

When I first got into photography, I made the mistake of thinking sunny skies were the best conditions for photography.  While it is possible to take great photos in these conditions, as I mentioned in a previous post, most photographers consider broad daylight to be less than desirable lighting conditions, since the sun creates such harsh shadows.

Overcast or stormy skies, while not always pleasant to be in, can create a dramatic scene for photos.  Don't assume just because the weather is gloomy that your photos will be too!  Here are some photos I have taken when the sun was nowhere to be found:

Abandoned School House in Idaho

The Bench and Lamp Post

Stormy Skies at Yaddo

A Stormy Day in Santa Monica

A Storm is Brewing...

Le Château de Chenonceau

Notre-Dame de Paris

A Storm is Brewing at the Hall of Springs!

Tools I used to create the photos this post:  Canon EOS Rebel T2i (replaced by Canon EOS Rebel T5i), Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, Canon EOS 6DCanon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon PowerShot SX10 IS (replaced by Canon PowerShot SX50 HS), Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS6


  1. Wonderful photos in darker skies - sometimes the looming clouds and ominous skies create a dramatic scene.


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