Have you ever looked out the window when it was raining and though to yourself, “what a poopy day”? Did you have plans to do some sightseeing, but now you’re afraid the rain is going to put a damper on those plans?
Don’t think like that, silly! Just because it is raining when you are on vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t still have a good time. And in some ways, the rain can even work to your advantage.
Photography, for example! Let me teach you how you can take the best and most unique photos in the rain. The next time it is raining, don’t be so quick to call it quits on your photography adventure.
Previously, I had never been to Nagoya Castle in the rain. But I happily found that visiting tourist sights on a rainy day doesn’t have to be a downer. Rainy day photography can actually be very fruitful and give you some very interesting photos.
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 taking photos in the rain actually holds a few advantages. In fact when it comes to taking photos, a rainy day can definitely work in your favour.
Advantages of taking photos in the rain
- Less crowds
- Cool weather, in summer
- No sunburns, in summer
- Unique shots
Although I wrote in my previous post about sightseeing in the rain, I had never intentionally done it myself. Well, to my tremendous luck, it rained yesterday. So I took my own advice and visited Nagoya Castle in the rain. And I was very pleased with the final products my rainy day photography.
Also I wanted to play with my camera and practice using different ISO settings because I had 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.
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. No camera jackets or things like that, just a backpack and an umbrella. It was pretty awkward to hold the umbrella with one hand and the camera with one-and-a-half hands. If possible, try and 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 special rainy day charm. It was a unique way to see it and was a good opportunity to practice taking photos in the rain.
Take-aways from this post
- Rainy weather does not have to stop you from going sightseeing while on vacation
- Tourist attractions might be less crowded on rainy days
- The rain can help you create moody and unique photos
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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