Why Many Photographers Enjoy Overcast Days

As some folks may not enjoy overcast days, many photographers love them.

Cloudy day

 

I snapped the following photo during mid-afternoon on a sunny day.  Notice the washed-out colors and the unflattering shadow on Buddha’s face.

Statue

Now, notice the same subject during an overcast day, no washed-out colors and no annoying shadow on the face.  Working as a diffuser, the clouds evenly spreads the sunlight.

Statue

Any other day, I would’ve been worried about getting my shadow in the photo.  Not so on an overcast day.  On these days, I can get as close as I want to my subject and shoot at almost any angle without worrying about my shadow getting into the pic.

Overcast days are definitely excellent for flower photography.  I photographed the following daylily photo during an overcast day.  Notice how close I was able to get without casting a shadow on the flower. (For the record, all of the photos in this blog were taken with my iPhone.)

yellow flower

So now the reader knows why many photographers enjoy overcast days, no washed-out colors and no shadows.

Oh yea, when an overcast day does happen, be careful about rain.  Last thing you want is your equipment getting wet.

 

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