In Indonesia, where I live in, there are only two seasons, dry and rainy season. In the dry season, you can walk all day long for 6 months without worry about rain. But in a rainy season, clear day feel like a wish come true. But rather than sit and doing nothing, you can just take your umbrella and start shooting. And this is why…
5 Advantage of Photography in Rainy Season
Its Totally New Story
For me, when it raining, I can photograph a totally different shot. And if you check it out you can see how different it make. This kind of thing usually happens in street and urban photography.
What I love is when I able to make a story in photography, especially a dramatic one. And when it comes to dramatic, rain is always the best. Moody sky, pouring water, or someone stands alone in the corner, or a couple. Isn’t that make an interesting story, an advantage of photography in rainy season.
Its just totally wasted if you just sit down and do nothing.
When I shooting landscape photography, one thing I really hate is that a lot of people getting in my frame. Even though I can just deal with it in post-processing but it still irritating. But when it’s raining, all of those people are gone and you can do whatever you want without some stranger getting in your way.
You can create a great Black and White Photography
I love black & white and landscape photography. and I love to photograph when it’s about rain. The reason is the cloud, the dark moody cloud for me to create a photography that I like. If you check out my photograph you can see I always have the darker sky. And for me, it just boosts the mood.
I also do it for another reason. In raining season, usually what happens is the cloud move faster and I love to photograph it in long exposure using my ND filter.
Read more: Defining Long Exposure Photography
You can play with depth of field (DoF) or in another word….BOKEH
Another advantage of photography in rainy season is the effect it can create and one of them is using depth of field.
Just try this for yourself. You in front of windows and see waters pouring on it. So you use your camera and try to make it out of focus and you can create an effect that usually called bokeh.
You can use this effect for your own photograph you put a subject in front of a window and focus on that subject. Put it into a deep aperture (f/4 or f/1.8) and shoot. You can create a photo of a subject with bokeh effect behind him or her.
Or when it comes to macro photography you can create the same bokeh effect to your natural subject.
In the end, it will be Clear Day
This of course always happen, advantage of photography in rainy season is in the end of rain, the sky usually clear. For a landscape photographer, this is the one thing they looking for. Clear day and not so much cloud. Especially when it’s around sunrise or sunset. If you in a natural environment, it is the best moment to photograph. I just love it when the rain stops at the perfect time.
And if you’re lucky, sometime there will be a rainbow shining through the sky.