Even in a state with such a vast tapestry of incredible landscapes, there is a serious problem of opportunities when rain falls the way it has been for the last few weeks. Rain in small doses is a very good thing, but when it falls for a solid week at a rate of several inches per day, it causes all sorts of complications. Not to mention moodiness (it’s literally as if we’ve all begun to see the world in black, white, and grey). Nevertheless, as a part of my continuing series on waterfalls, I thought I’d share a few quick tips and thoughts related to rain and waterfall photography.
Too much rain can be a bad thing when it comes to photographing waterfalls, but not all waterfalls. While most falls can prove difficult to shoot when there’s too much water, some falls are normally so dry that the only time to photograph them is after a good rain. Places like Tucker Brook Falls and the Shannon Brook waterfall system are great examples of this. Usually the bigger the waterfall or the drier the area, the better it is to have some good rain before the shoot.
If you plan to venture out in the rain, consider your equipment. Very few photographs will ever fetch enough money to pay for a new camera, so keep this firmly in mind when you’re looking out the window at the torrents and jonesing for a shoot. If you insist, however, I recommend the following equipment:
-Pack Cover for your camera bag/pack
-Dry Stuff Sack for your camera body
-Rain Sleeve to shoot in the rain
-Spare camp towel or two for various uses
-Camera Cleaning kit including lens tissues
If you have an unfortunate mishap, try putting the camera (minus the batteries) onto a cookie sheet and into the oven on super low heat for about an hour. I’ve never had to do it, but a buddy of mine did after taking a tumble and falling into a swamp with his camera. Also, you can try the old bag-of-rice trick.
Be ready for some great things after this rain stops, too. Opportunities will abound for journalism of damage caused by flooding, uber-green landscapes, wandering wildlife, lupine in Sugar Hill, and perhaps even a touch of snow on Mount Washington given this stubborn low pressure system. Oh, and a few great waterfalls will be showing off their fury. Make a plan to hit the trails once this moisture breaks up and you’re sure to not be disappointed!
Thanks for joining me and be sure to come back again for more information about hiking and photographing New Hampshire’s amazing landscapes! Be well!