Since working more and more on location I have learnt to pay attention to the weather a lot more. I don’t mind working in the rain (so long as it’s not totally lashing down) as that can lead to some good atmospheric images, same goes for fog and snow – but if it’s one thing I hate it’s the wind.
It blows models’ clothes when you don’t want them blown, it means I have to laden down my light stands with heavy sand bags else they take off never to be seen again, along with my flash heads and depending where you are working it blows all sorts of stuff into your eyes and lens.
I was on a beach in November during a sandstorm tossed up by the wind, very expensive trip that was. I was shooting down a dusty lane when a storm crept up on us and there ended up more dust on us than the lane.
But sometimes, just sometimes, wind can work in your favour.
Emma, a model I was shooting a few weeks back was modelling some military uniforms out on location, a bit of a dull day, but pretty calm weather wise. I was trying to get a bit more dynamism into a head & shoulders shot of her, and was cursing that I didn’t have an extension lead long enough to power my portable wind machine, her hair was pretty lifeless which made the shots themselves rather dull too.
Thinking I was going to be out of luck we were just starting to wind down the shoot, when all of a sudden the weather turned and the wind got up, quite gusty – certainly enough to put some life into Emma’s hair, we quickly scrambled back to the place we were previously shooting and I fired off a couple of quick frames.
That little bit of wind made all the difference to the final image – you don’t need a portable wind machine when you have nature, just wish I could turn it on and off when I needed it !
best – Colin