A rainy day recently started out as a miserable photography experience, but in the end turned out great. First I discovered that there were herons nearby. That perked up my spirits and made me wonder about ways to take advantage of the dreary day. It turns out that there are plenty of shots that are better in cloudy weather.
Dim light is great for long exposures. I realized that as I was walking over a highway overpass, which resulted in this photo.
Normally at that time of day most of the cars wouldn’t have had their headlights on. Even if they did, they wouldn’t have stood out on a brighter day.
That got me thinking about the classic long exposure subject, waterfalls. Clouds allow the silky motion blur and often bring rain to boost the flow. Here is the old mill race at Lassiter Mill Park here in Raleigh. You can click this photo and some of the others to see them larger.