Gray Days

Port Townsend Boat

Old boat grounded in Port Townsend, WA

Weather is a constant subject of conversation in the Cleveland, OH area.  A few weeks ago we were complaining about the winter that would never end.  Now we are complaining about the endless rain that we have been having as we turn to spring.  As a photographer, it’s been hard to get motivated enough to go out and shoot in less than desirable weather.  Our recent weather has reminded me of a trip to Seattle a few years ago.  It really did seem to rain everyday out there, but it did not stop my wife and I from shooting.  We were in new and unfamiliar territory that seemed exciting despite the weather.  Shots like this one remind me that beautiful, dramatic photos can be taken in any weather and if you want to take unique photos that most people do not take, the rainy, snowy and foggy days are your opportunities to do just that.

Back to reality though, I fully expect to wake up one morning and find a scene like this in my backyard if this rainy weather doesn’t stop soon!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Gray Days

  1. Tom Szabo says:


    You’re right about how we complain about the weather here in NE Ohio. I’ve always heard and passed on the comment: A good photographer will capture good images in any weather! In addition, our NE Ohio weather creates great soft light for portraits. I need to follow your lead, get out of the studio and shoot more for “My Eye”. Maybe we can get together some time and go on a joint outing!


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