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Shooting in the Rain

First up is my declaration, stay safe above all else. I do not advocate shooting out doors during thunderstorms.  

Why would you want to go shoot while it is raining?  Color Saturation, even lighting, and reflections to name three reasons. To have simple advice for this practice would be an understatement. 

  1. I do not shoot in heavy driving down pours - you will simply loose the battle. I choose days when the rain is light drizzle or a passing rain cloud. 
  2. Timing: Check your local weather forecast and try to time your trek with the gradually diminishing of the rain so as you get to your location you do not have too much to deal with.  
  3. Dealing with rain: I almost always carry my camera on my tripod with the lens attached. But! I do this is in a way that reduces stress on  the lens and camera.  I have an arca swiss setup, anytime I carry my camera I rotate the camera and lens down @ about 40 degrees then carry the tripod and camera over my shoulder. I know I have a good carry when the lens touches my back as I walk. Now the big surprise... I place a plastic bag over the entire setup while I carry it. Does not matter how you carry - just have full protection from the onset. My method means everything is ready to go NO worries.
  • I carry two or three micro fiber towels  that are large enough to cover the entire camera and lens combo. Once I am ready to shoot the micro towel goes around the camera and lens before I pull it from the plastic bag. My Micro Towels are 12 x 16 inches and give you several minutes to safely compose while it wicks away any moister from your trig.
  • Secondly I use a think tank water resistant belt bag to carry a second large plastic bag, water bottles, and other things.
  • Keep you gear wiped up and as dry as possible using the second towel 

Things to watch for: Diminishing weather conditions. Don't hesitate to pull out if you see the weather going badly.  

  • Keep an eye for rain on the lens element or filter, wide angle lens especially as drops of rain may show up in your images.
  • Look around the best shot may be behind you, look scan and re-scan.
  • Your lens selection. wow - my wonderful Nikkor 19mm PCE is not well suited for rainy days - and  that is too bad, the front lens element is out and exposed, making it difficult to protect the lens element from rain drops. This also includes fisheyes, and other bulbous lens (14-24)

Equipment: Keep it simple. Carry just what you really need.

  • I carry a polarizing filter always for my rain shots.  
  • My lens selection depends on my intent. anything from fish eye to 300mm
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