Do you put your camera away when it gets windy? Or do you pull it out and let the wind paint a picture for you?
Here’s a shot I took in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Those of you who’ve been around for a while know that the Rocky Mountains always feel like home to me. I absolutely love the mountains… and the lakes and rivers and pine forests that surround them.
I took this shot with the help of a tripod and a long exposure. The beautiful glow on the mountain was awesome, but I wanted to tie it in to the foreground. So, I used the blowing thistle flowers in the foreground to add another touch of purple to the scene. Here are a couple of tips for working in very windy conditions:
1. Use a tripod to keep your camera steady. I sometimes hang my camera bag on the hook on the center column of my Induro CT113. It adds some weight and stability when I really need it.
2. Use the wind to get creative. I always see photographers putting their camera away when it gets really windy… but you don’t have to. Play with the wind and see what you get! I love shooting flowers in the wind because I can use a long exposure to make the colors blur. A small flower can make a big blur of color with a few seconds of exposure time.
3. Try to avoid bracketing in windy conditions if you can. Blending a shot like this is very difficult. You’ll get a “ghosting” effect when tree branches and other objects sway in the wind. This shot didn’t require blending because I was shooting away from the sun – so the scene is relatively evenly lit. A reduced the brightness of the sky in post production – and brightened up the foreground a bit for a more even and natural finished product.
So, there you go. Every now and then, I get to capture the wind. Fun! 😉