Rainy Day Hiking and Nature Photography

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Cool, rainy days are for Netflix, cocoa and the couch, right? Well, sort of. Our co-owner Jason believes that they also offer some of the most fun hiking around, and some of the best conditions for nature and landscape photography. In fact, he thinks that just about any weather event is a good opportunity to get outside (not that he hates sunny days- they are just less interesting, photographically). 
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Going for a hike in the rain is a visceral experience. Not only are you exerting yourself physically, depending upon the terrain, but more than likely, the rain, whether you view it as an annoyance or enjoy it, will help to sharpen your senses of the surroundings. A downpour muffles sound, limits vision, and with the runoff pouring down the trail around you, makes you more attentive of where you step. A lot of the time while hiking, especially on familiar routes, we have a tendency to become fixated on the end goal; a drizzle or some snow can help to place you back in the moment, directing your focus to each next step rather than just the last one.
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It is well known that an overcast sky can be a great diffuser for photographing outside, saving even midday images from that harsh, contrasty light. Add in a little moisture, and the tones just explode! Colors saturate wonderfully, and as the trees soak up all that moisture, their trunks turn from a mousy brown into a rich, dark chocolate- absolutely ideal for the kind of contrast that you want in an image.
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All of the images in this post were shot at Hickory Canyons Natural Area. Look for a post focusing on that location soon.
Equipment Used:
  1. Nikon D7200
  2. Nikon D300
  3. Nikkor Lenses (24mm f/2.8D, 35mm f/1.8G DX, 50mm f/1.8D, 105mm f/2.8G)
  4. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Lens
  5. Lifestraw Flex Water Filter (the rain-swollen streams were cold and delicious!)
  6. Deso Supply Wool Cap
  7. SWRVE Cordura Skinny Jeans (in-store only)