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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
  • Pretty
  • 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 readΒ 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.

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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.

Nagoya Castle in the rain

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?

Read:Β Koshoji Temple, a photo


After Teaching English in Korea and Japan for three years, Jennifer decided to go back to school. She studied Japanese, finished her Master's Degree, and is currently working on a PhD. This blog was born as a way for her to write about her adventures around the world, trips within Japan, and life in Japan as foreigner married to a Japanese man.


  1. Great photos Jennifer, moody and beautiful. I thought to look at your city via Google Earth the other day, such a huge city. News here says there is a typhoon on the south end.

    • Why, yes. There was a typhoon yesterday. I think it was near Tokyo, which is why it was rainy here yesterday. It started pouring and thundering toward the end of my photography practice, so I had to call it quits. Today is windy.

  2. Managing a cameral and an umbrella (or sunshade – my umbrella does double duty) does take practice! Easier with a smaller camera, of course.

    • It’s no easy feat. Especially when you want to zoom and change the various settings. Luckily it didn’t pour for the first part of my excursion. Toward the end it started pouring heavily, and it got more challenging to keep everything dry. I don’t think I broke anything though πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. Yes! It was perfect rainy weather yesterday afternoon, and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity while I had it. Until a bit later when the rain got too heavy too safely use my camera.

    • That’s kind of you to say. That was one of the purposes of going out yesterday. It’s the first time I have purposely gone out in the rain with the intention to take photos in it and of it. It was nice too.

  3. Found your Blog interesting. I am a photographer too. Will surely try these tricks.

    Tell me how we can share our blogs. I am sharing this post on FB.

  4. My Himeji Castle experience was similar to yours, it poured the whole time I spent over there. But as you write, that does have advantages. πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I really want to go to Himeji Castle someday! I think I would like to see it on a sunny day though. The white would be so pretty. Anyway, could you get some nice rainy shots?

  5. Different perspective. I like it! And I like your pictures too! Rain can add drama and romance. I have not done photography in the rain (always scared my cam will get damaged hehe) but during a blizzard, I did a couple of times. I also loved how the pictures turned out.

    • I’m glad you like it. The rain does add a different feel to photos. I had to be careful to keep my camera dry. Blizzard pictures must be very interesting too!

  6. Nice article! I agree with you, I love taking photographs when it rains! I never thought of shooting through a transparent umbrella. Great idea, I’m definitely buying one of these to try it. πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for the tidbits. Rainy days sure do have their advantages. I’ll keep these things in mind the next time I hesitate state to go explore a place on a mucky dayπŸ™‚

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