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Photography Outside the Weather Forecast Box
Monday 23 March 2015   —   Category: Other Photographers
Recently I came across an interesting article by Israeli photographer Erez Marom called Zero Forecast. For me, his perspective is just as applicable in Oregon as it is in Iceland. Here’s a short excerpt:

Landscape photographers love looking at forecasts, and for good reason. The readier you are for what’s going to happen, the better prepared you are for the cloud conditions, the light direction and the overall weather, the more you can plan your shot, and so you can get to the right place at the right time to achieve what you’ve been planning for a long time. I agree, and I fully support people who direct themselves mainly using forecasts. But I tend to do things differently.

The way I see it, if you limit yourself to shooting only in predetermined conditions, you miss out on all of the beauty, the adventure, the surprise — things that make out a whole experience, not only a planned shoot. Some of my most beloved shots were taken in seemingly adverse conditions: extremely bad weather, bad Aurora forecast, wrong season, you name it. What started as a result of lack of knowledge and time — going to shoot when and where it’s possible, instead of in the “right” place and time — has now evolved into a conscious strategy, an awareness that forecast is only that — a forecast, and you can find most of the interest outside of the boundaries it seems to dictate. I find this attitude liberating, and moreover — beneficiary to my shots, in both diversity and visual appeal.
Be sure to click on the above link and read his entire article. Words aside, the amazing photographs which result from Erez’s unorthodox approach speak for themselves.

Perhaps the next time I’m planning a photo outing and The Weather Channel predicts gloom and doom, it might be the perfect opportunity to take my art of photography to a whole nother level! With its typical nine-month rainy season, Oregon is for sure an excellent location to test this theory and put it into practice!
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