Many coastal areas are subject to frequent afternoon thunderstorms that can make for dramatically lit and composed photographs. Try these tips to make the most of stormy weather:
• Thunderheads rolling in from the horizon can add tension to a peaceful sunlit foreground.
• Add a polarizing filter to increase the drama of the scene.
• After the storm has passed, the light may be very soft, with a pastel palette.
• Crank up the ISO or use a tripod to ensure sharp images in low light.
• Puddles create reflections of the surrounding scene—a ripple from raindrops or a pebble can create a surreal image. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze that wavelet so you can see the pattern.
ADAPTED FROM LIGHTING PHOTO WORKSHOP BY CHRIS BUCHER (WILEY/PHOTOWORKSHOP.COM, 2007, $30).