Rain, Rain, Rain

August 04, 2016

It's late summer in the southeast and that usually means heat, humidity and scattered showers.  Rain can happen at just about anytime during the day and you usually don't change your plans with a forecast of "scattered showers" because that's the forecast about 5 days each week.  You just deal with it and keep going.

That's exactly what I had to do on a recent shoot on Bald Head Island. I was asked to shoot the small freshwater ponds that are located throughout this coastal island that makes up Cape Fear.

I was up before sunrise only to hear the familiar sound of rain pelting the roof.  A quick check of the radar revealed lot's of green, but I headed out anyway to see what I could find. Rain and more rain fell as I traveled from pond to pond in search of a subject or interesting composition that best represented the ponds.  Birds were scarce, no alligators, and only a mossy-backed turtle greeted me when I stood on the viewing platform of one pond. And the rain continued...

The rain danced on the water; some drops large and some small.  Trees surrounding the pond cast a dark reflection on the still water that reflected the gray sky. And that's when I turn my camera on the drops hitting the water. The drops created concentric circles with edges that clashed with each other in wonderful patterns that made my morning.


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