Behind The Scenes | "Dynamic Weather Photo Ops" | Article and 4 Photos by Stephen Fisher

We’ve been having a LOT of dynamic weather here in Rockport lately! For many of us who have been negatively impacted by flooding and other weather related issues, that’s certainly an understatement. But as photographers, weather can offer us many different opportunities to make some interesting photographs.

Fog can add an ethereal feel to an image. A little mystery or suspense for the viewer…

Right up front I need to remind everyone that personal safety should always be considered. I don’t recommend anyone venturing out in lightning or fast moving water to make photographs. A lot of things can happen, and most of them are BAD!

Not only do you need to protect yourself from the elements, you need to protect your camera gear. There are a lot of expensive “raincoats” for cameras, but a plastic grocery bag or large storage bag is perfect for keeping rain off of your camera. You can cut a hole in the bottom and have your lens pole out.

I really enjoy working in rainy, foggy, stormy weather! Sure…those “clear sky” Rockport sunrises and sunsets are just beautiful. But add in a little rain and the mood of the scene really changes.

Standing water like we’ve been having creates interesting opportunities for photographing birds. Many songbirds, shore birds, and wading birds can be found in uncommon spots. They like to hunt and bathe in these flooded areas. Find them doing something different.

Lastly, don’t forget about Aransas Bay. Most of the time it’s just a beautiful body of water with gentle waves lapping up on the beach. But, bring in some weather and it becomes a much different scene.

So let’s not a little weather keep us from doing what we love…making photographs! Weather allows us to tell a DIFFERENT story. A chance to be even more creative…

As always, I’d be so happy to answer any and all of your photography related questions. Your comments are always appreciated. Good shooting!

Stephen Fisher and his wife Sharon have lived in Rockport for almost 5 years. Stephen Is a full time nature photographer with gallery representations here in Rockport and in Corpus Christi. Their favorite question is “What took us so long to get here to Rockport?”

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