Photography isn’t all about sunshine

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon 18-55mm, ISO 1250, ƒ/6.4, 1/500

I love sunrises and sunsets as much as anyone else. To me they signify new beginnings and bring such a sense of hope and peace.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/6.4, 1/1800

While teaching here on The Big Island of Hawaii, I have taken a trip or two out after class. Here I drove to Waipi’o Valley and was experiencing the socked in fog weather. By the way “Waipiʻo” means “curved water” in the Hawaiian language.

Just as sunrises and sunsets evoke emotion within us, so to does others types of weather. This means that if you only take your camera and shoot on those sunny days you are missing so many other great opportunities to capture moments that also can be peaceful or even capture the turbulence of our lives.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon 18-55mm, ISO 640, ƒ/6.4, 1/500

You may need to dress for the occasion and be prepared to protect your camera from the elements.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon 18-55mm, ISO 3200, ƒ/8, 1/500

I believe that photos like this of the lady on the bench at sunrise are photos that invite the audience to just soak up the moment and want to be there themselves.

I like to think of these as invitation photos–travel photos that invite you to come and experience the grandeur of the place. Take a seat and just relax.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 110, ƒ/14, 1/250

Some photos can just really communicate to the audience to stop and smell the roses.