Light can be described as bright, soft, overcast, cloudy, sunny, dull, a week at f8 and my favourite – wet.
My preference is to take pictures just after the rain has stopped and everything is still wet, not that I mind getting wet. I’m not at all bothered about using the camera in the rain or it getting wet as long as I can keep the lens free of rain spots that are difficult to remove later. I like to use wide-angle lenses which don’t have a long lens hood which means that if its raining it very easy for rain to get on the lens, so extreme vigilance is required to keep wiping the lens with a cheap microfibre cloth.
Imagine this picture of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach (fun fair) with a clear blue sky, white fluffy clouds and sharp detail – all it would be is a record of a very rare day in Blackpool. This Lith effect picture hopefully relates the damp and unpleasantness of a wet afternoon in Blackpool in September.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS