Rainy Day Landscape Photography in the Pine Barrens
It’s one thing to plan a landscape photography shoot when the weather conditions are fair and comfortable, but what about when they’re not? If safety isn’t an issue, why not try photographing in bad weather. If you, and your equipment are prepared, it could be an opportunity to see a landscape few see. Often times, especially here in the New Jersey Pinelands, what you see can be quite fascinating.
The top photograph was one of those opportunities, just not planned for. My wife and I were hiking in the Pinelands and noticed a rain squall in the distance. We stopped to photograph it and ended up being hit by another storm that caught us by surprise. Outside of getting wet and cutting a nice hike sort, we count this as a success because we got to witness something special.
Not long after that experience, some New Jersey photographer friends and I got together to introduce Kim Steinhardt, a California photographer and author known for his work with sea otters, to the New Jersey Pinelands. The day we picked had a steady drizzle with periods of light rain. It was dreary to say the least. Still once we got out there, we found a different landscape with interesting textures, light and colors.
Some Other Rainy Day Photography
If you want to do landscape photography, it’s a good idea to look at all the faces the landscape has to offer, including before, during and after a rain storm. While these images don’t show dramatic sunrises and sunsets exploding with color, they do show a side of the natural world that is worth exploring. If you go, take a raincoat for you and your gear.