Part of being a good nature photographer is studying the weather. After our long, long, horribly long dry spell, it was great to finally see a weather report that said anything other than “unseasonably warm and dry for the foreseeable future”. Gad, I was sick of seeing that. I was also going nuts looking out at blue skies and brown grass. Where were the clouds? Where was the water?
Finally, we’re getting some much needed rain. And while it may end up being less than we need, it’s certainly more than we had. The hills are turning green, the streams are starting to flow, and most importantly, the storm clouds have returned to Yosemite. And that makes now the perfect time for Yosemite photography.
It’s raining here in Sonora today. Not much of a rain, it’s really more of a sprinkle. Most of the time you’d pay little attention to a few drops falling on your head. But when you’re out shooting, that little bit of rain can be a big pain in the, well you know where it hurts, don’t you? It’s especially annoying if you’re waiting for the perfect shot. You know the one, when the clouds part and the sunshine blasts through in those gorgeous rays, and maybe you even see a rainbow. But all of that gorgeousness isn’t going to mean a thing if your camera and lens are sopping wet. A year or two ago I had a great idea (Hey, a great idea every year or two isn’t bad if you add them all up) and I came up with a cool way to protect myself when I was shooting in the rain. It’s called a Tribrella, and it’s such a simple idea, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it yourself.
A Tribrella is simply one of those clamp-on umbrellas that attach to your folding camp chair. Fit it onto your tripod and your camera and you are instantly covered. How easy is that? But, you do need to find the right umbrella. Here are the requirements: Continue reading →