Photographers often have a short time to get a photo. A hard deadline, financial considerations, model availability or a photo permit with specific date restrictions often create pressure to get the photo quickly. That’s when photographers begin to wonder how they can create the weather.
“Mother Nature never does what you want her to do when you want her to do it,” Dad said. “Even if she did, the model or the art director or something wouldn’t be available. You need to create weather on your own time table.”
Movie special effects guys have it figured out. That’s who taught Dad all of his tricks. Early on in his Western shoots, Dad employed a couple of special effects guys to create a rainstorm on a cloudless, hot Texas day.
He watched the wizards of weather turn a mud puddle into an instant and robust rainstorm with a Hale pump. “Buggy in the Rain” truly looked like it was shot in a torrential downpour. Dad was hooked.