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Autumn Shots Come Rain or Shine...

We can't always have dry weather (especially in the UK!), so the other day when the weather was forecast for being dull, grey and rainy I decided not to roll over and go back to sleep, but to get up and see what shots I could get. Although I could see the benefit of stormy skies in landscapes, I wasn't entirely convinced by the notion of bad weather still providing good conditions for shooting...wet weather gear on, I headed to a local woodland to see what I could find. Straight away I found the light rain had coated everything, saturating the colours of the woodland, especially the autumnal leaves. Using a tripod was essential as the low light conditions made shutter speeds too slow for shooting hand held, and I also used a cable release to help reduce camera shake. I also found shooting using the white balance set to 'cloudy' helped enhance the orange tones of the leaves and gave warmth to the images. Overall my close-up images worked the best, with the rain enhancing the colours, whereas a few landscapes I tried were really missing a burst of light! I have included a selection of the images below. There is one random abstract image, which was created when the rain suddenly got too heavy and I had to run for cover!