5 Grey Day Photography Projects To Try
When the sun’s not coming out to play you have two choices: you can go home and twiddle your thumbs or you can stay out and make the most of what’s on offer. If you choose the latter, here are a few photography projects you could have a go at.
Beach / Coast
The coast has a completely different feel when not drenched in sunshine. The sea can merge with the horizon making it seem like it stretches on for miles and the dark shades and moody feel really suit a seaside resort that’s out of season. Even more so if you have boarded up beach huts and empty amusement parks to sit against a dark, moody sky.
Dull days give factories and old buildings more character as there’s generally less shadows, you’ll be able to pick detail out in chimneys that reach out into the sky and the gloomy day will further enhance the feel of industry and in the case of a boarded up building, abandonment.
Bright days when the sun is high in the sky can be awkward as colours will be too harsh and you’ll have deep, dark shadows. Where as grey days, when there’s plenty of cloud, is nature’s way of giving you a giant softbox to work with. This weather’s particularly good for photographing flowers and shrubs so get outside with a macrolens compact camera which features a Macro mode. You’ll have to use a slightly slower shutter speed, though, so make sure you pack your tripod.
Flat light can leave buildings looking a little boring but if you turn your eyes to water, their reflections in the ripples can produce a great abstract shot. The reflection on it’s own can make interesting, slightly surreal images and all you need to do is make sure there are some interesting shapes reflected in the water.
A shot that looks dull and boring in colour can be transformed into a great moody mono with a little help from Photoshop. Just make sure you have some strong shapes for your black and white conversion. Go a little further and add a bit of grain and a ragged boarder and your mono will be moodier than a teenager!
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