Cloudy day in the woods

Posted on 8 Jul ’09 by Earl

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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