Dramatic weather creates a wonderful opportunity for photographing familiar subjects under different conditions. I noticed an impending storm on the horizon, and raced downtown - in Orlando, Florida - to capture my favorite "muse" under an expressive sky. I used a wide-angle lens to capture more of her surroundings, and photographed during twilight for the most beautiful blue color possible.
Light conditions can be tricky. If you have Live View enabled on your camera, you can scroll through and see the effect of various white balance settings. This statue is illuminated by reflected light that keeps changing, so it was helpful to see how the various settings altered the color. Auto white balance did a good job here. ISO 200, f/11, 13 second exposure. Minimal post-processing (slight adjustment in contrast).
Have fun shooting this summer!
Notes: Deborah Sandidge offers online photography training - Photoshop - Enhancing Digital Images and Creating Works of Art and Digital Infrared Photography - at BetterPhoto's online digital photography school.