Are You A Fair Weather Landscape Photographer?

Are You A Fair Weather Landscape Photographer?

  • Approaching Storm Pine Barrens New Jersey

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

Learn how to photograph the New Jersey Pinelands Landscape

2018-04-11T16:38:28+00:00April 11th, 2018|10 Comments


  1. Ralph Berglund April 11, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Bad weather is a whistle blown to get out there and shoot!!! The Old Barn in the Snow is a great target but how much it is enhanced by the driven snow.

    • Rich Lewis April 12, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Ralph. You are so right! I’ve shot that barn so many times but this one sticks with me because the mood matches the structure so nicely.

  2. stevenjwillard April 12, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Good advice!

    • Rich Lewis April 12, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Steve. Grab your raincoat and I’ll look for some rainy day photographs on your blog.

  3. Bonnie Rovere April 12, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Rainy days certainly make for great photos and you have done well!!

    • Rich Lewis April 12, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Bonnie, I appreciate it.

  4. Otto von Münchow April 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photo, Rich, even in the “bad” weather. Of course, bad weather is nothing but good for a photographer. 🙂 I particularly like the changing moments, like you captured beautifully in the last photo.

    • Rich Lewis April 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Otto for your comment. I’ve always said that with a good raincoat the photographer and a rain sleeve for the camera makes for an unbelievable photographic opportunity. That last photograph was kind of magical. We hiked up Doe Mt in Sedona and got to the top just as the rain was ending. About 20 minutes later there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We felt quite happy to be able to witness this.

  5. denisebushphoto May 19, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Love your rainy day scenes … especially those with a dark brooding sky. I could see you doing an entire exhibit with this theme. 🙂

    • Rich Lewis May 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I’ve been working on a series of images called Storm Light. Thanks for the suggestion.

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