When you are an architectural photographer in SW Florida, it can sometimes feel as though you are waiting out the weather more often than you are actually taking photos. Don't get me wrong, the weather here is usually gorgeous at some point during the day, but considering that most properties have a time of day that is most suitable for their particular orientation, the stars do not always align appropriately. Even though it can be irritating continually postponing shoots for good weather, I do have to admit that I enjoy attempting to interpret the weather. I have become fairly good at understanding fronts, what wind directions mean for future weather, and analyzing radar maps, but I am always completely thrown off now and again by something totally unexpected (just to make sure I don't get too cocky!).
But, on those occasions where everything falls into place, I think it makes you really appreciate it more. I went down to shoot a house on the water one morning, and I was greeted with not only beautiful blue skies, but also with a noticeable lack of wind. Since the home was situated on the intercoastal, the bay took on an almost mirror quality, something you don't often see with large, tidal bodies of water. I couldn't help by take this panoramic of the whole bay scene and whenever I see it, I am reminded that that next perfect day is around the corner, I just have to patient enough to wait and ready to appreciate it when it arrives. A good motto for life, too, I suppose.
Just for fun, here are a few other shots from that shoot: