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After the storm

Bright sun and dark skies make for high drama


Your home can look quite dramatic in the light that breaks out just after a storm
Your home can look quite dramatic in the light that breaks out just after a storm

A great time for dramatic landscapes, waterscapes and other pictures is the transitional period immediately after a storm when the sun breaks out and the receding dark storm clouds can still be seen in the distance.


The dark sky makes a dramatic backdrop for a subject lit by the bright sun, and the sheen on the ground from the rain can reflect and intensify colors. You may even be lucky enough to catch a rainbow in your viewfinder. You will have to be fast, though, because the receding storm will likely move quickly away, and hot summer sun can rapidly evaporate the reflective surface moisture.

A rainbow is often present when the sun appears as the tempest recedes into the distance
A rainbow is often present when the sun appears as the tempest recedes into the distance

Happy in a world of his own after an early morning shower
Happy in a world of his own after an early morning shower

Even the moments following a light rain can provide interesting pictures, especially when you have little ones in the house who just have to get outside after a morning shower to splash in the fresh puddles. This can be a good time to take a candid picture, even if the kids are still in their dressing gown or pj's. More evidence for keeping the camera handy for those memorable, impromptu family shots.




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