A clear vision in the rain

Passing traffic in Virginia is turned into watercolor images when photographed through Friday afternoon's heavy rainstorms.

Slow news days are always a challenge. Finding images of interest can involve hours of driving around, keeping your fingers crossed that someone doing something visually interesting will just happen to cross your path. Sure You can even the odds a bit by looking at conditions and concentrating on areas more likely than others to have someone doing something newspaper worthy but it’s still relying on luck as much as anything. Add rain to the mix and things just get harder. Last Friday was one of those days. It was wet, gray, overcast, humid and just overall nasty. Not the kind of nasty that leads to news, just the kind of nasty that makes you want to stay inside, eat potato chips and watch reruns of Law and Order.

After a couple hours of steady drizzle the rain picked up until it was a downpour. Seeing the increase left me feeling like this might be the day where the front page is blank and it’s going to be my fault. I parked the car for a few minutes to think over my options and sat there with no brilliant solution coming to mind. Then, I stared at the water rolling over my windshield and had an idea. If I can’t beat the rain maybe I can use it. I tried working with water drops hitting puddles but that just didn’t grab my eye then as I randomly calculated how long it will be until I can retire I noticed the traffic passing in front of me. The rain was so heavy on the glass that everything was being turned into odd shapes. A scene as normal and routine as cars passing on the street started looking well, interesting.

I found a parking lot where I could park my car in the direction I wanted and waited.

The first few cars passing were white and silver, nope doesn’t look right. Black? no. More white, hmmmm then down the street a bright red Toyota turned the corner. As it got closer I knew I had my shot. It passed in front of my lens and I fired off a few frames then it was past. Looking over my playback I knew I had what I envisioned. A quiet, flowing watercolor in the truest sense.

It was still a lousy weather day but sometimes that’s for the best.

Mark

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