In Northern Virginia we have been getting pounded with rain. If I heard right from this morning news today would be 15 days in a roll. We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers” but I think they forgot we’re in May. The good thing is that the grass is green and the flowers are blooming.

I’ve been getting edgy, wanting to go out and photograph something. At times photography or whatever you may enjoy can be therapeutic and we all need that window to escape. One day last week I thought it would be cool to do a photo walk after the rain. It wasn’t important that I was able to photograph subjects with a ton of raindrops or any at all. It was for me personally to see how far I would go to capture that image. Now I’m begging for rain Friday all day or at least during the night. I know we just can’t make up our minds :-).  I got my wish so Saturday morning I was ready.

Now I read A LOT about photography. When I say, “I’m always learning” well that’s the truth. It’s nice to go back to basics plus it’s great to learn new things. Bottom line it’s a refresher and it gets me excited to go out and shoot. I read some articles, watch some tutorials and look at other photographer’s photographs. Yes photographers view other photographer’s work. You’re not stealing, you’re just getting ideas or as I said before it’s part of the refresher. Also that’s a pat on the back to the photographer’s.

I took photographs last weekend with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF 60mm 2.4 R macro lens. My goal was to mostly shoot low to the ground. We like to look straight across and maybe up but we forget to look down and behind us. I also wanted to shoot with a wide aperture to create less depth of field just too see what I can create. On the opposite end of that I shot with a small depth of field to see how sharp my images would and/or could be. No tripod or monopod – all handheld. I wasn’t going to put my camera on a wet, soggy ground so I took advantage of using the adjustable monitor on the back of the camera along with live view…….a real life saver. Putting the camera close to the ground where it was almost touching, the adjustable monitor and live view was great! If you have these options on your camera I recommend getting comfortable with them both.

Below are some of my photographs from the photo walk. I was really surprised how well they all came out. Still learning………