Being the lover of sunsets that I am, it took me a while to appreciate taking pictures of the rain. Just like everyone else, I used to run for cover whenever it started raining. But all that changed when I started taking photography lessons.
One day one of the students in my photography class asked the teacher what time of the day, and what weather is best for taking good pictures. A number of students gave their suggestions in response, but the final conclusion was at the golden hours - sunrise and at sunset. The teacher explained that it was because of the amount of natural light being emitted by the sun at these times.
Afterwards, he asked us what we thought about taking pictures in the rain, and hinted at it being a great way to challenge ourselves creatively.📷
I had come across a bit of rain photography by then, but it hadn't really captured my attention. Since that particular lesson, however, I found myself paying more attention to it whenever I came across it. More so, it's been raining quite a bit in Thailand, so I figured this was the best place and time to finally put my teacher's advice to good use. 😉
So far, I've experimented with different-sized raindrops on windows, and I'm quite happy with how that's been going. 😊
I have also tried my hand at capturing raindrops on surfaces - mostly plants. This is quite a broad field, and I have only just scratched the surface with this one.
I have also tried capturing raindrops in motion, but I might need some more experience working with a faster shutter speed for that.
My biggest challenge so far has been puddle reflections. I'm in awe of how creative other photographers are when it comes to this branch of rain photography! The bar has really been set high here.
Nevertheless, I'm hoping to keep learning more about rain photography with time. As for now, the best advice I can give anyone else venturing in this specific field of photography is:
1. Always be prepared. Sometimes you find the rain but, more often than not, it finds you. Learn to prepare yourself for it before-hand, and always have your camera at the ready.
2. Don't be afraid to get wet. How else will you get the shot if you're not willing to go out in the rain?😜 But if you have no protection for your camera, going out to take pictures immediately it stops pouring is your second best option.😊
3. Think outside the box. I think we've all seen enough "raindrops on windows" pictures to last us a lifetime. Use your imagination, and show the world something different. How about you show them what a rainy day looks like from your eyes for a change? 😉
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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