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This photo was made for a weather website rather than for an artistic purpose, but it’s growing on me. The car gives scale and splash while the dark background makes the rain stand out. The car and tree give framing and help to keep your eye in the photo, while the diagonal lines of the rain give life and movement. I like the way that the rain is parallel to the windshield, while the car gives the photo a solid base. The car’s more-or-less-neutral colour is good; a red car would have pulled your eye away from the rain.

You’re probably thinking “Why do I need to know this when I don’t take photos for weather websites?”. Well, a good way to approach holiday photography is to think of it as a photo essay, a story in pictures. If you’re on holiday and want to illustrate adverse conditions the best method is to get your family dancing in the rain while you take photos. Failing that you can use this method and add another chapter to your narrative.

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Rudolf the Red Nosed Roadster 

Rudolf the Red Nosed Roadster

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I spotted this interesting Mercedes Z3 convertible just before Christmas: it’s the first time I’ve seen a car with a nose and antlers!

This was taken with a 24 mm (equivalent) lens approximately five feet away from the car and a foot off the ground. Doing this gives impact and helps to give the impression that the car is about to jump out of the frame. It also helps to give the small car more muscularity and power.

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