Cloudy day can add vibrance to colors

Railroad Bridge in Palouse by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Railroad Bridge in Palouse by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

The idea that prompted me to write this post was taken from a short video by Scott Bourne who talked about shooting on a cloudy day. Many times the skies are not what we would like to include in the image so don’t.

An advantage of shooting on a cloudy day is that the sky acts as a giant diffuser. This controls the normal midday harshness and provides a softer more flattering light. With this softer light colors become more vibrant. In the photo at the top of this post, you can see the effect of the softer light even though this image was taken near midday.

This railroad bridge is near the entrance to the town of Palouse coming from Colfax, WA. I was standing on a bridge that is the main road into town as I took the photo. It is a convenient place to shoot as there is a place to park and you can shoot the creek from either direction.

Remember on a cloudy day be prepared for some beautiful, vibrant colors in your images due to the soft, diffused light.

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