Sunday, April 25, 2010

Don't Put that camera away

We have a saying here living the in Pacific Northwest, if you don’t like the weather wait 15 minutes or so, it’ll change. Especially during the winter to spring months. Once while covering a high school baseball game in middle April the weather started out sunny, turned cloudy and cold and then started to hail. While most of the other photographers ran to their cars to put away their cameras, I still photographed the game. Sometimes bad weather gives a photographer an opportunity to make some pictures that evoke a certain type of mood and atmosphere that help make unusual pictures. I took this weather feature photo of South Kitsap Wolves' pitcher Brian Cox, standing out on the pitcher’s mound standing in a flurry of hail that halted the game but for a few minutes. The photo titled, “What the Hail”, took first place in the annual
Washington Newspaper Publishers Awards. So when it rains, hails or even snows, don't put that camera away as you'll never know the picture you'll miss.