What to shoot during cloudy days?

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  1. Alter_Ego

    Alter_Ego TPF Noob!

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    Hey weather has been pretty bad lately, typical tropical weather.
    Any ideas what to shoot? I noticed after it rains in the evening and if the clouds get out by sunset it can create a lovely effect.
     
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    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well you can do some macros. The even flat lighting can work out quite well for it.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Days that have a solid overcast are good for shooting portraits, particularly if it's not to windy and you have some off camera strobed lighting and basic modifiers.
     
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    I'll tell you what lighting makes me want to pull over and forget where I was originally headed.

    Now picture this...

    Cloudy morning, OR evening; the clouds are big, puffy, and have separation. The sun breaks out from under the clouds and send a streak of light down to the ground. This is a magic lighting time. This morning the sun came up over the mountains and peaked beneath the clouds and illuminated the green rolling hills that were full of dew.
     
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    As morbid as it may sound, a cemetery makes a great thing to photograph on cloudy and dreary days.
     
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    insects. overcast can be good. and pre-rainshower they become active.
     
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    I really like cloudy days for taking outdoor photos of the kids. In fact I perfer it over the sunny days by far. I have also got some great photos of frozen frost on trees and plants on cloudy days (making sure to not have the sky in the photo of course).
     
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    Sounds like you may have answered your own question

    Or.. You could pick a theme say, lines, water-rain,ice,steam,dew, leaves, angles and play with those. Or pick a focal length...may be the widest you have and view the world with that. See the world upsidedown. Pick a colour photo all red objects. Bottles!! Glasses;);)
     
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    Yeah but i dont want to be waiting til sundown only to be disapointed.

    Yeah i might go with some water on flowers and insects. Thanks for the tips guys!
     
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    If you have a stream/waterfall close by, photographing long exposures is perfect for a cloudy day.
     
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    I often find the cloudy/overcast days are good for b/w photos or conversions since the colors are often more muted.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Even landscapes can be great in overcast weather. When the sun is shining, you have bright highlights and dark shadows, but when it's overcast, the highlights aren't so bright and the shadows aren't so dark, so you can capture a lot more detail in some scenes. Of course, the sky typically won't look good unless you really underexpose the shot, so look for compositions without too much sky.

    http://mikehodson.blogspot.com/2009/09/kananaskis-landscapes.html
     
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