Shooting in the rain

Shooting in the rain.

I read often in post and with Meetups that “today’s event has been cancelled due to rain”. What? Why? Rain is great to shoot in for a lot of situations. Okay, if you have some models or something that will melt in the rain, I get it. If you are shooting foliage or waterfalls and it is raining, that is awesome. I would be more on the side to cancel it due to extreme sunshine! I’m not really talking about an inch an hour deluge, all though I have done it, but soft, steady rain. A drizzle is like finding gold in the creek behind the house.

There are a few things you need to have though to make the best of it however. A tripod(like my Sirui), a Circular Polarizer(like my Marumi), rain protection for the camera when you aren’t shooting(the shower cap I got from the hotel last trip), and most of all a positive attitude. Optimism on a rainy day is what can set your work above others work. The biggest thing is to use that circular polarizer to reduce the glare on the foliage and rocks giving you rich contrast, and great saturation. That’s it. Cover your gear with the shower cap between shots if it is raining. Most cameras can handle a little bit of moisture. Don’t put your gear into a camera bag and leave it there after you shoot, let it air dry after you take a soft cloth and wipe it down. Have fun, you will dry out, trust me!

Tamron SP 180mm f3.5 Di 1:1 Macro lens on a Sony NEX-6 via a Novoflex adapter, Aperture Priority, f8, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, processed in Lightroom 4.

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2 Responses to “Shooting in the rain”

  1. Beautiful colours. Clarity is amazing.

  2. lilybug1960 Says:

    Thanks!

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