After the Rain
One of my favorite times for making photographs is just as the rain stops. Like in a magical movie moment when a bright beam of sunlight breaks through a heavy sky, light reflects off of streets and the whole world seems to glisten. But rain gets a pretty bad rap, and a rain forecast is often met with grunts and sighs. This assignment is looking to change that. I hope that by the end of it you won't be able to wait for the next rainfall!
This assignment is simple and straightforward, with lots of room to get creative. Find the woman who got caught without an umbrella or the man stomping in puddles. Find the flowers the rain brings to life and the trees a storm breaks apart. Look for reflective wet surfaces and bright new colors. Rain is all about mood. I want to be able to smell the rain in the air and feel your damp socks as I look through your photographs.
This idea was originally submitted by Your Shot member Fiorello Alegre Jr.
This assignment will close on May 1 at 5 p.m. ET.
Thank you for your contributions!
Seeing in a New Way
I am seeing some great photos being submitted this week. I understand the challenge of not being able to control Mother Nature. Whether you are choosing photos from your archive or going out after a rain in the next week, before you go look through some of the images submitted so far—and then show me something new! I want to see something unique, I want to see a photo that puts me where you are. I want to see your eye, your vision. I want to see something different. Forgive me for sounding repetitive, but I am seeing so many similar looking images. Over and over. It is important to find your voice, find a story, and go beyond a pretty picture.
On Rainbows and Flowers
I must start by letting you know that any time I see a rainbow or pass a field of flowers in my life, I smile. Oftentimes I also nudge whoever is near me, tell them to look, and make a comment about how beautiful the flowers are. I usually take a picture too, or maybe 10. And never have I seen a rainbow and not taken a photo.
All this being said, and probably for this very reason, as a photo editor, rainbows and flowers are a dime a dozen. We see them, especially in this assignment, all the time.
It’s hard to hate on two of nature’s most beautiful gifts. But having a rainbow in a photo does not make it a great photo. And a beautiful flower can still be beautiful without being a photo that moves me.
Before you submit a rainbow or flower macro, make sure to ask yourself: Was this a beautiful moment for me, but not a great image? Have I seen an image like this before? Does this photograph have a piece of me in it—my eye, my style? What makes this photo better than other similar photos being submitted? Would this photograph be beautiful without the rainbow in it?
I hope to have one or two incredible rainbow photos in the final story and certainly some beautiful flowers. But before you submit yours, think about what makes it different. Show me something I haven’t seen.