On Monday, I made my way to downtown LA to capture the rainy scene. When I got there the rain stopped and started hunting for puddles.
Posts Tagged ‘Rain’
Category California, Downtown, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Photography, Puddle, Rain, Street Photograph
Category Los Angeles, Photography, Street Photograph, Venice, Venice Boardwalk, Weather
I deiced to take a walk on the beach before the rain came to town. My walked lasted about 2 blocks before the rain started but it did not stop me from going continuing with my walk.
Los Angeles has received over 11 inches of rain in the past few week which is over 3x of the average. The rain has kept many people inside and looking for indoor activities. A few brave individuals brave the elements and adventure out.
Taken on 1.2.10 on the Venice Boardwalk
Category Downtown, Photography, Street Photograph, Travel Photography, Weddings
I spent 5 years living in Minneapolis, MN all in the Dinkytown area just minutes away from downtown. During my time, I spent little of my time in downtown Minneapolis. During my weekend stay Minnespolis this past June, I explored the downtown area. I spent two nights driving my rental car up and down every street and shooting outside the car window. Saturday night, I got out and walked on a pedestrian bridge to get some shots of the downtown skyline meanwhile getting soaked on a bridge over the Mississippi River. Shooting out a moving car is not always the best idea.
Friday night, had some of the incredible low mysterious clouds in the sky. Saturday night had the rain clouds (see my lightning picture here). Unprepared for the rain, I had to continually wiping raindrops off my lens. I would wipe and wipe the lens dry but within seconds it was wet again. I embraces the rain drops on the lens because it was creating unpredictable look and help captured the feel of the rain.
Minneapolis’s weather treated me well during the weekend for photography and I look forward to coming back and capturing more but not in the bitter cold.
Category Lightning, Photography, Travel Photography, Weather, Weddings
I flew a few weeks ago to Minneapolis, MN for a wedding. My best friends were getting married to each other. On my flight from Denver to Minneapolis I happen to get a window seat. I prefer an aisle seat, however, with my luck the weather near Minneapolis was getting nasty and I was fortunate to see some inspring clouds. We circled the airport for roughly 40 minutes during this time I snapped pictures out the window. The sky and clouds were dramatic, its real difficult to catch lightning outside a plane window. We landed in Minneapolis and pulled up to the gate to deplane. Right at this moment the weather outside was getting real nasty. A thunderstorm warning was in effect and the baggage handlers could not unload the plane until the warning was over. Other planes were stuck on the tarmac ordered to stay put. The rain was coming down in all directions and lightning filled the distance. I overheard my pilot tell other passengers we were close to being rerouted to a different airport because of the weather but we made it in at the right moment.
The pictures here show the clouds from the air and the view inside the airport of the weather.
Category Downtown, Lighting, Photography, Travel Photography, Weather
Capturing lightning in a photograph is extremely tough. It takes skill and luck. Frist important part of capturing lightning is being in a spot that has lighting. Los Angeles, CA is not really a hot spot for lightning but Minnesota is. Spring and summer produces great thunder storms and your chances of capturing lightning is increased ten fold. Then you need to setup your camera in view of the lighting.
My best friend’s wedding brought me to Minnesota for the weekend. On a side note, I attended the U of Minnesota, Twin Cites for my undergrad and it was nice to get back to the Twin Cities. After the rehearsal dinner, I dropped a few people off at their hotel then found a little nook of the city to capture some rain photos. I walked a little further down the street and discovered an amazing view of downtown Minneapolis. I setup my camera on the ground using my sweatshirt as a “tripod” to prevent camera shake. In addition, I put the camera on self timer to further prevent camera shake. This is a great technique to use when you don’t have a cable (shutter) release.
I put my exposure around 15 seconds and within those 15 seconds I captured a streak of lighting. Afterwards I screamed in joy and started dancing in the rain. There happend to be another person and the bridge and there is no way they could not of heard me.
I look forward to coming back to the Midwest to capture more nasty weather.