Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 6. While this gadget may not have to do much with photography, it looks like the latest model of the watch aims at photographers as well. Other than its usual features, Apple Watch now tells you when is the best time to shoot, and astro and landscape photographers could find it especially handy.
It almost looks like a Photoshop composite, but this is an uncommon but completely naturally occurring phenomenon. It’s known as a circumhorizontal arc, and this particular scene was spotted by photographer Cessna Kutz, who couldn’t help but photograph it – and who could blame her!
While technically not a rainbow, as rain has nothing to do with it, the description of “horizontal rainbow” does seem to do it justice. It’s actually light refracting through ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. But regardless of what it’s called, it just looks beautiful.
Dark Sky is a popular weather app among astrophotographers, but it’s soon to become unavailable for Android. Apple has acquired Dark Sky and as of July this year, it will become available for iPhone users only.
When we see tornadoes on video, it’s often from at least some kind of distance. Perhaps it’s very far away from somebody who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Maybe the view is a little closer, from the camera of a storm chaser. But it’s rare that we get to see a tornado from the inside. The cameras often just don’t survive.
One brave little CCTV camera in Nashville, Tennessee, however, not only captured the view from inside the tornado, it actually managed to survive, and Metro Nashville PD shared the video via Twitter. Yes, I called it brave, I gave it personality. This camera deserves a medal or something.
It turns out that the Camera Canopy, first shown off near the beginning of this year, wasn’t a prank after all. It’s a real genuine product. When we found out they were going to be at PhotoPlus 2019, we had to go and see it in person for ourselves. So, we did. We went to the Camera Canopy stand and spoke to its inventor, Gerald Miller, and we took our cameras along with us.
This is another one of those photography products that’s either really dumb or absolute genius. I haven’t quite decided yet. Most photographers who shoot outdoors will have to deal with the rain at some point. Personally, I defend against it by using weather sealed gear. But that’s not an option for every photographer.
Devised by a small team in Brooklyn, the Camera Canopy is another way around that problem. It’s essentially an acrylic roof that attaches to your hotshoe and goes over your camera and lens, protecting it from the rain falling down from above. Seems logical, right?
Even though Nikon D850 isn’t an action camera, it’s surprisingly tough and resilient. In a recent video published by Nikon Asia, you can see how the company’s experts test the durability of the Nikon D850. It turns out that you can use it in pretty harsh conditions without worrying that it will get damaged.
When he’s not chasing rockets, photographer Jesse Watson is keeping an eye out for visually impressive weather anomalies. And they don’t get much more impressive than a haboob. A haboob is a type of particularly intense dust storm. They appear quite regularly in dryland areas throughout the world, but this was the largest Jesse had ever seen.
I don’t really shoot all that many landscapes, but I do shoot in landscape locations a lot. I photograph people in them. Being based in the UK, my biggest issue with location work, as much as I love it, is the weather. Specifically, the bad version. At least with human subjects, there are often alternative spots we can go to with a little more cover.
Sometimes, though, weather changes are subtle, and can actually work in your favour. In this video from landscape photographer Mads Peter Iversen, we see just how the weather influences landscape photography, and how he got a photo at Glencoe in Scotland which he considers to be his best ever.
I more than often hear landscape photographers complaining about “bad” weather and then say it’s chugging down. Honestly, I don’t know what they’re talking about. I thrive in stormy weather. Rain, strong winds, and what can sometimes be a bit of a problem, low hanging clouds – yes it’s next to nearly impossible to keep your camera dry, it’s next to nearly impossible to keep the lens clean and it requires extra energy to keep up the spirit – but “bad” weather is not bad weather, it’s amazing. For two reasons: One, you can photograph during daytime instead of hitting odd hours during sunset or sunrise. Two: And most importantly, it can create some amazing dramatic photos with a lot of atmosphere.