April showers

There have been downpours, sleet and even some snow these last few weeks. Now we are in the season of April showers so it is bound not to dry up soon. Not only is it cold and uninviting to saunter out of doors but the poor lighting provides few opportunities for the humble photographer. Still there are times I just have to escape and embrace the day, whatever the weather.

In the process (and in the north-east lee of St Paul’s cathedral) I discovered the remarkable church of St-Vedast-alias-Foster, with its bare acer tree as centre piece of the cobbled courtyard. A post-inferno Wren construct and post-firebombed salvage for an Anglican community and dedicated to a rather obscure French saint. (It’s baroque steeple I featured here.)

Venturing into St Paul’s churchyard I took aim for the umpteenth time at Becket – or rather Copnall’s defensively posed statue of this posthumous St Thomas. The simulated moment of his assassination captured in bronzed resin  (he was murdered at Canterbury cathedral but born in nearby Cheapside, hence one reason for his prescence here).

Becket statue in a rainy St Paul’s churchyard

I’ve never succeeded at a good shot of the statue but the rain pooling in an indented wound completes the drama of the high contrast.

And no rainy photo session is complete without a puddled pavement that offers glimpses into the city below.

“If the world around seems black and white, start using that to your advantage and practice more black and while photography.”*

Here are some useful photography tips for those of us caught in the grip of overcast, wet or plain grey days:
* Dealing with Gray Days
5 grey day photography projects to try
How to shoot on gray winter days

Weather shots for Wednesdays as the weather can always be relied on to be there


5 thoughts on “April showers

  1. Bravo for making the most of what seems like perpetual wetness. I have just been snapping rain clouds out of the bedroom roof-light in the brief 2 seconds without precipitation. It’s all getting a little bit wearing. There are even big puddles in the oil seed rape field and it’s on a slope!

    1. that made me smile – I could imagine your snapping at rain clouds 🙂
      p.s. I did like the suggestion from link 3 ” Longer exposures and more evident subtle tonal changes can help make quieter landscapes this time of year.” – I just need to swap city for land!

  2. I must be an odd duck. I like shooting on gray days although it depends on the gray. The darker the gray, the better.

    I love the shot of the puddled pavement with the reflections.

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