I’ve been giving some thought to walking in the rain… with my camera!
Tomorrow, I’ll be leading a Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. It’s my second year as the walk leader here.
Last year, the day began with a torrential downpour… Most of the walkers braved the elements and were rewarded with a perfect morning. The rain stopped, but the clouds remained and created perfect lighting for portraits of the interpreters.
Crowds were also slow to arrive, so we had lots of time to meet, interact and explore.
This year, we are dealing with weather again… and Hurricane Joaquin. We’re still on track to walk, since the hurricane is heading east. Hopefully the rain will behave as it did last year… Colonial Williamsburg will be open and is offering free
admission to it’s art museums! Blue Talon Bistro is even offering half-priced Hurricanes… I have high hopes for a great walk!
But why walk in the rain when you can wait for a sunny day?
One reason is that you’ll see and record what most people miss! With less crowds!
You can crouch down and shoot reflections. You can shoot flattering photos of people without using a diffuser. The dynamic range of your photos will be less, which will result in richer colors.
And, if it starts to rain, you can always duck into a local business and shoot
inside. Or go and enjoy an early lunch!
A few years ago, I went on a Worldwide Photo Walk in Seoul, South Korea.
It poured!!! We spent many minutes sheltering under the roof overhang of the National Museum, chatting about photography and living abroad.
When the rain let up, the colors were rich and vibrant and the photo opportunities were fantastic!
So, tomorrow, I’ll be gearing up with my umbrella, a few plastic bags (the ones from the Apple Store are great!) and the hotel shower cap I always carry in my camera bag, just in case. It makes a great impromptu camera rain cover! I won’t be wearing it…
Here are a few shots from the Photo Walk in Seoul. It really is a photographer’s paradise!