The forecast was bleak for the next couple of days. I was optimistic for some overcast days well least when the rain would ease off. How do you prepare in the event of your photo trip being a total wash out ? In the event after driving for 3 to 4 hours in awful weather with no hope of some kind of improvement – I’m going to be quite pissed off!  Of course I was looking for grey and gloomy weather to photograph gorges but without so much rain. What to do ?

Nonetheless I had a plan, chop, hack the handle off an umbrella might seem a bit crazy. But combined with a portable light stand I think it just might work. This DIY solution proved very successful using a very large umbrella I was able to work with filters and changing lens without the worry of rain drops falling where they shouldn’t. The light stand is a Luma Pro brand which can extend to close to 2 metres so no problem with clearance. When the stand is folded up its only a mere 40 or so centimetres.

Below are the images of the setup and the final result!

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Engenlochschlucht Vorarlberg

 

Argenschlucht working with filter in the pouring rain!

 

Argenschlucht Vorarlberg – My camera is dry even those I’m getting wet!
Engenlochschlucht Vorarlberg

 

The end result ….

Now downstream in the Engenlochschlucht

 

June 14, 2012

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