Sometimes when you are really lucky you can get the photograph before the rain comes in.
I got up this morning and hadn’t planned on driving into DC to take pictures. Getting up before the sun comes up isn’t a problem anymore, I naturally wake up at that time. After checking email I decided why not, it looks like it might be a decent morning, might as well drive in and see what comes of it.
While I’m driving in and seeing the clouds in the sky I’m thinking to myself, “why didn’t I go in earlier!”. I still didn’t have a plan of where I was going to. Something that included the Washington Monument was what I had in mind. The scaffolding is up a little higher on the monument and I want to get shots while it’s there. I thought about trying out a different location, but in the end decided to head down and take pictures at the Tidal Basin. I thought that if the water was nice and still I’d get some great reflections. The sky had already started to turn the deep rich blue color as the sun beings its approach to the horizon.
Once I park the car and get over to the Tidal Basin I can see that my reflection won’t be happening. The wind is blowing way too much and rippling the top of the water. But the colors in the sky look great, so I walk up and down the pathway looking for the spot that I want to setup at. I find it and quickly hurry to get my tripod setup, the sky keeps getting lighter and lighter. Once its setup I get all the settings on my camera to where I want them and start taking pictures.
At first I’m getting the nice rich blue colors in the sky. But after only a couple of minutes it happens, the clouds above the U.S. Capitol start to separate and open up. The sun’s rays light them up to a rich pink/red color. A minute or two later and the wind has blown the opening shut, now darker clouds are approaching to my right. And that’s when it happens, the rain starts to come down. From the time stamp on my first shot to the time stamp on my last shot it’s less than 10 minutes. I was very lucky to capture this one moment in time before the rain came in.