May Showers Bring May Flowers

One thing that I’ve learned about photography is that you can take a great photo in any weather. I try to treat every weather event as an opportunity to take a new and unique photo. Last winter, I spent countless hours wandering around New York in below freezing temperatures to shoot some beautiful photos of a Snowy New York City. So when we had several days of rainy and cloudy weather last week, I was not deterred.

On Thursday, I walked to the Belvedere Castle in Central Park to shoot a photo overlooking the Great Lawn. On the way home, I noticed that the tulips in Shakespeare Gardens were in bloom, so I stopped to shoot a few photos. Normally, I use my 105mm macro lens to shoot flower photos, but since I didn’t have it with me, I shot a couple of photos using my 24-70mm.

On Friday, the weather was pretty ugly. The sky was filled with heavy clouds and it seemed to rain lightly, all day. After seeing how beautiful the tulips looked the day before, however, I decided to head back to the Shakespeare Gardens to shoot some more tulip photos. I figured that the rain would look beautiful beading up on the flowers.

I grabbed my 105mm, my tripod, and my remote shutter release, and headed back out to the park. I spent about 30 minutes shooting various shots. Shooting macro photos can be a bit challenging however, especially if the wind is blowing. So I brought my flash, and a couple pocket wizards just in case.

Luckily, the wind was relatively calm, I shot a few photos with the flash, but ultimately, felt that the photos looked much better in natural light. Here are a few of my favorite photos from last week. Enjoy!