Rainy Day Travel Photography

A lot of people have asked me about the photograph that appears in the header of this blog: This is the story behind that image that is shown here—uncropped—for the first time.

Some photographers like to venture out in the rain, afraid that their cameras and lenses will be damaged. After all. look what a bucket of water did to the witch in The Wizard of Oz. But rainy weather, and even snow can provide the backdrop and subject matter for many interesting photographs. To capture these images a photographer must be willing to uncover his or her precious camera and risk getting it wet.

Don’t worry, under light rainy conditions, your camera can take it. Most modern digital SLRS are well-sealed and modest rain or snowfall will not penetrate their interiors. Of course, you will need to take some basic precaution to cover it between exposures. When you’re not shooting, tuck the camera inside your coat. You can put a plastic bag over it or keep the camera inside a waterproof camera bag. Under these conditions, you won’t melt and neither will your camera. You can always cover your camera with my old stand-by—the free shower cap that most hotels provide in each room. This cheapie solution was a big help on a trip to Japan and kept a new SLR dry between shoots in and around a rainy Tokyo (above.)

For a more rugged solution, like shooting during a downpour during a motorsports event, you’ll need proper weather protection such as Think Tank Photo’s rain covers that protect cameras and has optional sizes for the longs lenses used for sports and nature photography. A rain cover is a must-have accessory for any photographer who’s not afraid to shoot when the “going gets tough.” If you’re shooting with the camera mounted on a tripod, you might consider attaching an umbrella to that three-legged necessity to keep you a little drier. This is easy to do with one of the many Manfrotto clamps that are available

Author: Joe Farace

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