Ideas for an overcast day?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Craig Marston, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Do any of you have suggestions for photography (just for fun) on an overcast
    day?
    I have my DSLR sitting in its bag because I'm uninspired as everything looks
    dull and dreary under a grey sky...

    Best regards,

    Craig.
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 21, 2005
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  2. Craig Marston

    Mark Lauter Guest

    Do any of you have suggestions for photography (just for fun) on an
    overcast
    Outdoor or window light portraits. Nice soft light. All you need is a
    beautiful woman. :)
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 21, 2005
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  3. Craig Marston

    Guest Guest


    Perfect weather for people pictures, soft lighting is what I hanker after.
     
    Guest, Apr 21, 2005
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  4. Craig Marston

    Guest Guest


    That's all I *ever* need.
     
    Guest, Apr 21, 2005
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  5. Cheers for the idea fellas. Trouble is, I'm off sick today so there is
    no-one else around...
    Well, it's not like I've missed my "gloomy afternoon" opportunity though, so
    I'll bare it in mind for future!

    Best regards,

    Craig.
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 21, 2005
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  6. Craig Marston

    Mark Lauter Guest

    Cheers for the idea fellas. Trouble is, I'm off sick today so there is
    Perfect opportunity for self portraits then. :)

    Hope you're feeling better soon.
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 21, 2005
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  7. Thanks Mark!

    I'm back to work tomorrow and glad to be honest - I was getting bored!!
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 21, 2005
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    UC Guest

    Reading.

    Sorting negatives.

    Planting flowers.

    Watching Bowery Boys movies.

    Sleeping....
     
    UC, Apr 21, 2005
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    Fitpix Guest

    Macro work (as long as there is no wind) waterfalls, flowers etc etc
     
    Fitpix, Apr 21, 2005
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  10. Thanks for the suggestions UC, but my original question was " Do any of you
    have suggestions for photography (just for fun) on an overcast day?" as most
    days in the UK are overcast!!

    Cheers,
    Craig.
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 21, 2005
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  11. That's an ace idea!

    I'm actually compiling a list now...

    Craig.
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 21, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Overcast days are perfect for people portraits. The trick is to get it
    cloudy, but not so cloudy that it's dark, and not actually raining. Hard to
    do up here in the Pacific Northwest. ;)

    Otherwise, yeah, I know what you mean. When the sky is flat grey, I just
    forget about shooting pictures that day. When the clouds are broken up,
    though, I think those are some of the best scenic shooting days.
     
    Mike Kohary, Apr 21, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    I hope you'll share. :)
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 22, 2005
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    UC Guest

    Uh... that's the point...don't work in crummy light...
     
    UC, Apr 22, 2005
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    Rufio Guest


    Bright & overcast day, here in Phoenix - i.e. no glare. I've been using my
    (AWESOME) new (month old) D70 to photograph Mexican Primroses in my garden.

    In regular light, the white center of the flower tends to overwhelm the
    delicate colors around the outer 2/3rds of the flower.

    Take away the glare & the balance is far better.

    I can also phtograph House Finches on the hanging bird feeder, without
    fill-in flash, which always scares them off (shooting from 15 feet with a
    Sigma 170-500mm). So I've shot about 8 Gb today - good job I have about
    1/3 of a terabyte of HD :)
     
    Rufio, Apr 22, 2005
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  16. In English?
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 22, 2005
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  17. Too right I will!!

    Craig :)
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 22, 2005
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  18. Craig Marston

    UC Guest

    When faced with dour skies, eschew photography for other activities...
     
    UC, Apr 22, 2005
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  19. Yeah, I like a challenge though! Or maybe it's just because I wanted to play
    with my new camera and I was bored! Seriously though we are mostly under a
    blanket of cloud here in Blighty. Although it can be a blessing if shooting
    digital as you don't exactly have to worry about the highlights burning
    out..!

    Craig.
     
    Craig Marston, Apr 22, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Besides, only a poor or unimaginative craftsman is turned off by less than
    ideal conditions. Of course you should look for the best conditions to
    increase your chances of doing your best photography, but under adverse
    conditions, improvise! Your best shots may come when you do something out
    of necessity that you've never done before, and under conditions you haven't
    shot before.

    This is one of my favorite shots of mine, taken on a gloomy, cloudy,
    drizzling early morning. But the shroom caught my eye from my front window,
    and I thought that it might catch my camera's eye in the same way. Good
    thing I was willing to go out with an umbrella in my pajamas and lay down on
    the wet moss to capture it:

    http://www.karmaphotography.com/order.asp?current_picture=dewey_mushroom

    Coming back inside, I was wet, cold, uncomfortable and still tired (I'm not
    a morning person). But getting back the result from the film lab sure
    perked me up. Later in the day, the sun came out and dried everything up.
    The grass lost the earlier green luster, and the mushroom looked wilted and
    pale. There was only one possible time to get that shot and have it turn
    out the way it did - it wouldn't have happened later in the day, under
    seemingly "ideal conditions".

    The moral of the story: you let the weather turn you off and you're going
    to miss shots you wouldn't get in any other weather.
     
    Mike Kohary, Apr 22, 2005
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