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Sunday, 15 April 2018


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April flurries bring more worries.

On the other hand, my kids make fun of me: "Another damned cloudless, sunny day!"

Bad weather is the best time to photograph! It may not be pleasant, but the results should be interesting!!!

Yeah I know the feeling. April 14 1982 I got an excellent deal on a Chevy convertible on account of the top stuck in the open position because the fabric had been eaten by wild animals. April 15 1982, received a foot of snow.

But isn’t overcast snow an excellent test of the ability to render subtle tonality? Lucky you!

Bad weather = interesting photos.

I often say that if you want to take photos that don't look like everyone else's photos, wait until the weather is so bad that people say it's too bad to go out and take photos. Then go out and take photos.

Just sayin'

Not sure if these were posted already. Browser appears to hang.

A good time to do some table top photography. It is much more challenging than first perceptions of this genre. Also a good way to get to know a new camera and its menu system.



Yes, that’s what I said four weeks ago...

Southern Ontario, atrocious weather: wet snow, followed by freezing rain (that was Friday April 13 (note the day & date)) to Saturday. Saturday more snow, more rain all while the temperature hovered above and just below freezing. Sunday more of the same, heavy rain, then more freezing rain, and advisories to stay off the roads. Monday, suspect schools will be closed as a snow day, maybe Tuesday the world shall be slowly returning to whatever is labelled normal.
Maybe then Mike can go play with his new sample camera, without sliding or falling while doing so....

Well, I just got a new used lens that looks great and appears to take very good cat photos, but of course now we have what looks like a nasty blizzard, so I can't test it outdoors. And our stairs face the front door as well. I don't know if our battery powered arm waving money cat makes up for that or not.

Can this superstition cancel out another?

MIKE, GO TAKE PICTURES, weather will always be there, you might be missing the best picture you could ever take. God will be upset, he is sending you this great weather and pictures and you are want something different.

Get with it Mike, do some testing, indoors or out.


Think of Adams' "Clearing winter storm" and plan/pray for that kind of weather, so the sun will come out.

There IS no weather that is bad for Photography.
It's just that some weather provides more abundant excuses for not photographing.

I often think that a good camera for me is one that makes bad days good. I found that with Fuji (which I dont now use). They had the ability to make poor light interesting, where my Olympus tends to do a better job with good light. I toyed with a good day/bad day kit, but felt it was impractical (ridiculous).

we all know that in good light even an iPhone is great. So... who needs good weather to test a camera?

It started Friday the 13th here.. You can plan ahead for similar Fridays with information here:

lol, ok, anyway, hope the weather improves there soon (and here, just to your north)..

Great fortune I'd say! Any camera can take pretty picture on a beautiful day.

It's not just cameras. New motorcycles and bicycles have the same effect on the weather.

"Often, sniffing is not the best information-gathering strategy". Try telling that to a dog.

Happens out west too: my wife's new little micro43 body is here, and we've already passed the normal April rainfall plus an inch!

Is this only a good weather camera, Mike? Only good at iso 100/200? I would say: 'Put on your raincoat, and test the damn thing!'

This phenomenon also applies to astronomical telescopes...Whenever a person gets a new telescope they are anxious to have it acquire its "First Light". The weather is guaranteed to be at least overcast or worse for at least two weeks commencing on the day it is delivered.

The bad weather will give you a chance to read the amazingly big instruction manual that comes with the camera. If you have a spare 30 seconds.

Maybe you ought to ride out the bad weather by playing with it indoors doing still lifes, dog portraits or just indoor shots of your upstairs office, taking white balance readings and using different exposure combinations. Since it's weather-proofed, you could even step outside and take a few pictures -- they say bad weather is a photographer's best friend!

You knew that bad bass line was coming:


Actually had the 45 of this one. . .

I don’t know about that Mike my stairs and front door are not in any sense aligned. But the money seems to slide out anyway!!

Never be superstitious: it brings bad luck!

Weather radar says that you are experiencing the same system that we have here in SE PA: heavy rain and thunder.

Anyway ... feng shui ...

Firstly, I think the practice has more to do with making the person aware of their surroundings, and of disrupting influences on their thinking. That being said, it is helpful to have some sort of mental map to use when evaluating where you live.

Sketch your house's floor plan. Orient the drawing so that your primary entrance door is at the bottom of the page. Superimpose a tic-tac-do grid upon it. Your entrance door will be in one of the three boxes along the bottom. And here's a way to evaluate what's happening or could happen or what you should think of for each of the 9 boxes:

You can get into a lot of woo-woo sites online, and wind up with a house that looks like a Chinese restaurant. When my wife and I moved into our present home 18 years ago, we brought in someone who has a more practical approach, emphasizing a livable design coupled with feng shui guidelines. We were fortunate that she lived in this area then, though she no longer does. Here's her book:

It's worked for us. We haven't gone bankrupt, and we're still together. (35th anniversary today).

Hey Mike
You don't live in Vancouver, BC. We have been building another ark since early March. There were a couple of days where the sun teased us but just as quickly went back to it's game of hide and seek. My gortex rain jacket has seen steady use this year.
My rhododendrons and azaleas are starting to bloom but the rain is ruining the blossoms almost as fast as they open.
At least I don't have to shovel it.
I am waiting until your weather improves so I can get an honest opinion of the A7iii - not a hyped one.

I have a black cat, which I rescued from 4 months of captivity in the city kennel. I was shocked to learn most of the cats that remained unadopted in the kennel were black: people reject them out of superstition.
I also have a niece who was born on a Friday 13. Instead of fearing she'd set my house on fire, I offered her a disposable film camera for her 6th birthday. You should see her face! (Or rather, you shouldn't: she was merrier shooting with it than with a smartphone.) I won't blame it on the date if the pictures aren't up to the best standards, but if it happens I'll offer her a recording of Monk's 'Friday the 13th" next year.


If you think the weather sucks in upstate NY, take a look at what happened to MN and Wisconsin over the weekend.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul got between 13 - 20 inches of snow between Saturday morning and Sunday evening.

Suspect, Bad weather breeds Great photography, go get wet and see if Sony likes you.

The idea was that if you want something in your life, make a welcoming space for it. It's solidly practical advice.

If you make a suitable space, they will come? I can't help but think there must be more to it than that.

Because if not, then I'm going to enlarge the closet that holds my camera gear and also build myself a four-car garage!

Well, you could check the weather sealing!!

The Sony A73 is already one of the most “reviewed” cameras in amateur photo history. There simply are no discoveries left to be made on it. Just take the thing out in whatever weather you have and jot your impressions. Bad weather makes for good photography.

"Mike replies: I'll say. It's folk-based so it has that peculiar mix of total wigged-out loopiness along with solid, practical, time-cured wisdom."

If I may continue: actually it is based on solid, practical, time cured wisdom that are based on certain axioms (that would make "westerners" head spin), but largely waterdown and corrupted so the common folks can easily understand.

For example, I am sure you can think of a dozen reasons why it is practical not to have the front door open up to stair: if you actually do drop something, it may roll out the door, or hit someone coming in or going out etc.

Your description of feng shui and beds sounds remarkably like a “cargo cult” to me. I wouldn’t say you are superstitious but you do seem to believe in magic :-(

Bad weather? What? Take a look at the cover of the last book you recommended. (William Neil)
Get out and practice.
Yellowstone in Winter - sub zero - I took 2,000 pics in 4 days. (a couple were keepers ;-) )
Antarctica I took 400 a day minimum.

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