Cloudy day in the woods

Posted on 8 Jul ’09 by Earl Moore

Forest CanopyToday, I’d planned on visiting one of my nearby photographic nature areas after completing projects at home this morning. This area is heavily wooded and a noon-time sun can actually be a blessing with getting light through the forest canopy to shoot by.

However, while driving to the area the sky quickly clouded over to a solid featureless gray. It was dark enough among the trees at ground level that I had to increase the ISO setting a couple of steps.

I don’t mind shooting in gray conditions as I’ve found you can get some wonderful moody images. I don’t know there are many conditions I mind making photos in any more.

I have a thing for photos with paths or trails that lead away or fade off into the distance–this one qualifies.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Steve Skinner 8 Jul ’09 at 10:31 pm

    I find cloudy or foggy days the best time to make photographs in the forest. There conditions certainly help with range of contrast issues. Working as a forester for over 30 years on the north coast, I saw many foggy days in the woods; they were the best with or without a camera.

  2. Monte Stevens 9 Jul ’09 at 10:00 am

    What an inviting path to walk on! I was to shoot some portraits last week when the mother called and wanted to reschedule because it was cloudy outside. I told her I preferred the overcast sky as the clouds provide a great diffuser. I’m also like you and will attempt shooting anytime of the day.

  3. don 9 Jul ’09 at 10:44 am

    The overcast day provided excellent lighting, even if subdued, for this path shot. I like how the shadows in the trees are mild and open. A very appealing path that looks very inviting.

  4. Anita Jesse 10 Jul ’09 at 12:57 pm

    I felt a little more relaxed just veiwing this. I can imagine how lovely it was to walk along that inviting path. Those overcast days are wonderful gifts, aren’t they?

  5. Earl 10 Jul ’09 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I see I’m not the only one that enjoys the “peace” of an overcast day. :-)

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