There are advantages of rainy day photography.
If you are willing to give it a try.
As of yesterday I had never been to Nagoya Castle in the rain.
And I found that visiting tourist sights on a rain day doesn’t have to be a downer.
Rainy day photography can be very fruitful.
I recently wrote a post with a few tips on surviving the rainy season in Japan. Most of the tips are ways to deal with the heat and humidity. The last tip I suggested was to go sightseeing.
A rainy day might not be a first choice when you think of sightseeing, but rainy day photography actually holds a few advantages:
- Less crowds
- Cool weather, in summer
- No sunburns, in summer
- Unique shots
Unfortunately, in cold weather, the rain might work against you.
BUT! When it comes to taking photos, a rainy day can definitely work in your favour.
Although I wrote in my previous post about sightseeing in the rain, I had never intentionally done it. Well, it rained yesterday. So I took my own advice and visited Nagoya Castle in the rain. And I was very pleased with the products my rainy day photography.
Also I wanted to play with my camera – practice using different ISO settings. I recently read this post post by Fanny at Photography by Fanny. I had played around with ISO before, but didn’t really have the hang of it. Thanks to her handy chart, I think I had some success taking photos in the rain and darker light. There’s still a bit of noise.
I am far from a photography expert, but these are a few positive things I noticed about taking photos in the rain
- Dark, moody skies
- Softer light – no harsh shadows from the sun
- Good reflections – puddles and wet surface
- No bad reflections – sun shining on something you don’t want
- Splashes and rain drops
- Water droplets
- Umbrellas as a prop
- CLEAR umbrellas as an even better prop
If you decide to try out some rainy day photography, you must remember to take care of your equipment.
I don’t have any fancy protective gear for my camera. I just carried a regular backpack for my camera and extra lens (that I didn’t use). And I just used an umbrella. It was pretty awkward to hold the umbrella with one hand and the camera with one-and-a-half hands.
Maybe you can get someone to come with you as your personal assistant – to hold the umbrella?
Below are a few of the photos I was able to snap around Nagoya Castle in the rain yesterday. By the way, I have a Canon EOS 600D that I bought six years ago, and I used the kit lens.
Although Nagoya Castle was not shiny and glamorous yesterday, it had a rainy day charm. It was a unique way to see it and was a good opportunity for some rainy day photography practice.
Overall I’m pleased with my photos from yesterday and better understanding of ISO.
Have you ever visited a tourist attraction in the rain? How was your experience?
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