Through my experience shooting real estate I've always had a strange relationship with rainy days.  While there are downsides to shooting the outside of a home on a rainy day, it's also mother nature's gift to a photographer.

Over the years I've learned that photography from a technical standpoint isn't about your camera, or how fancy of a lens you have.  It's not necessarily about the subject.  Light.  Light is everything.  Finding light that translates what our human eyes see onto a photograph on the screen you're looking at or as a print.

Rainy days are still, ahem, sunny days in my world.  They are nature's gift because of the perfectly defused light that is everywhere.  Defused light that touches everything outside so gentle with subtlety, I have always felt, lends itself to some of my favorite images I've captured.  I'm always a little disappointed when a shoot is postponed because it's raining.  It always feels like a lost opportunity.  I definitely don't like standing out in the rain with thousands of dollars of photography equipment under an umbrella, but the artist in me will always opt to take the risk to capture an image that might evoke a certain emotion in those who see it.

I've had the chance to experiment with some of my real estate shoots this past winter.  The images I have caught on rainy days have been among my favorite.  Of course a real estate agent's job is made a little more difficult when they're showing a perspective buyer a home that's shot on a rainy day.  Understandably so.  So of course I invented my own process I call "The Inversion Inverter".  The combination of rainy day light with merging a blue sky, I've been told, is magical.

For those of you have had the privilege of working with, don't count me out on a rainy day, give me an opportunity to make magic with mother nature's gift.


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