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Travel Photography Subjects: Weather

824150738_4KLd2-XL-1 When you’re traveling the weather will always be there to greet you. Like food, it’s another Travel Photography Subject that can’t be avoided, unless you’re on holiday in an underground tunnel the entire time. If that’s your planned holiday, you can probably skip this subject.

Whenever I post photos on Twitter where clouds play a prominent role, such as the headline photo in this post, it usually brings about a many comments. The same scene without the clouds can look dull. But add in the weather and drama and connection is created. Some of the comments are from fellow weather-lovers, people who actually seek out dramatic changes in the sky to add flavor to their photos. They lament how often travelers forget to include the weather, good or bad, as a representation of their travels.

Indeed, take some time to look up, down and all around for the weather. You may be cursing it at the moment; blowing winds and rain in Ireland (or Washington state for that matter!), subzero temperatures in the Northern latitudes, or baking in the hot sun of the Caribbean. Or you may be enjoying it. The weather may even be the reason for your holiday. Don’t forget to give those back home, who will view your photos, a true feeling for how the weather is shaping your trip.

For nuts and bolts advice on capturing weather with your photography, Natalie Johnson recently penned two excellent posts covering a wide range of weather subjects. Everything from sun to lightning to rain, snow and more. Embracing the Weather with Photography Part 1 and Part 2 will help give you some solid tips on making weather photography work for your next trip.

You’ve seen my weather shot, now show me some of yours! Post a link or embed a photo in the comments section below to give us an idea of the weather you’ve seen on your travels.


Previous articles in the Travel Photography Subjects series include Water, Old People, Young People, Religion, Sports, Socializing, Icons, Rich, Poor, Transportation, Economy, Food and Food Preparation. These posts are not intent on telling you everything you need to do, step by step, to capture perfect, cookie-cutter pictures while traveling.  Instead, they are intent on pointing out some vital elements to capture when on the road and highlight thought provoking questions you may want to ask yourself.  My hope is they help guide you to find your own means to better expressing what your travels have meant to you and present that in the best light possible.  Be sure to subscribe to this site to receive the other nine subjects as they are posted!

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Peter West Carey
Peter West Carey

leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics – A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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