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.


Rainy Day Textures by Richard Lewis 2018


Five Cedars by Richard Lewis 2018


Mature Cedar Stand by Richard Lewis 2018


Piney Waterfall With Cedars by Richard Lewis 2018


Rainy Evening With the Cedars Pine Barrens

Rainy Evening In The Bogs by Richard Lewis 2018


Some Other Rainy Day Photography

Rainy Desert Morning Light In Arizona

Rainy Desert Morning, Arizona, by Richard Lewis 2015


Storm Light On Palm Springs in Joshua Tree National Park

Storm Light On Palm Springs, California by Richard Lewis 2016


Susquehanna River Lancaster Pennsylvania

Rain And Mist On The Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania by Richard Lewis 2017


Old Barn In The Snow, New Jersey by Richard Lewis 2012


Storm Light On Doe Mountain In Sedona

Storm Light On Doe Mountain, Arizona by Richard Lewis 2015


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.


See more of my landscape photography in all sorts of weather

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