1. Gains: In temperate climates especially, if we did not go out with camera in the rain, we would lose a lot of days shooting, not to mention the creative possibilities. Simples!
Some photographers like to shoot in the rain – and at the rain – and so carry umbrellas but it is a piece of paraphernalia I tend to do without. Others bundle the cameras into special macs or waddings of plastic bags with just the lens poking through. I have yet to try this.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, merely new challenges, and rain is one of them...”
On this particular day there were heavy and frequent rain showers. For the sake of keeping the camera dry and keeping an appointment, I rushed to get in a few shots before the next burst. Hence the photos are too snappy but they give me some encouragement to try again next time there is wet weather.
2. Light: The heavily overcast skies and rain clouds offer the opportunity for some particularly striking lighting (lightning and rainbows are those extra, god-given show stoppers for the favoured few). Here it was more about contrast than textures
3. Colours: Without sunlight to bleach colour, the vivid hues can stand out so it is a good idea to make these the subject
The Brutalist maze of architectural concrete which is the Southbank Centre, is relieved by some bright yellow paintwork. Hence it can be photogenic in the right light and the right angle. (here I did not pay enough attention to the left margin as focusing too much on straight perpendicular lines on the right)
4. Reflections: Rain before, during and after is synonymous with puddles and there is nothing that add dimension to a photo as much as the mirroring effects that result
When the heavy raindrops returned, I beat a hasty retreat to the nearby cafe and observed others making their way through the rain. I’d intended to make this viewpoint the setting for other shots but a couple came and sat at the table and I put my camera away.
There are plenty more chances for photography in the rain in the next few days -see – London Weather Forecast.
All quotes and further ideas – “Taking Photographs in the Rain“
Introspectives: thinking out loud with an aim to improve and learn more about photography. Hence the images are not always for show – feedback is welcome.