When it rains, most of us would prefer to be somewhere safe; taking the camera out becomes out of question. However, when you look at it, rainy conditions are one of the best if you’re a street photographer looking to capture a story full of emotions and mood. Besides your subject, the raindrops, the lighting, and the reflections can all help to take your image to the next level. Consider the following image taken by photographer Ashraful Arefin. If it were not for the rain, this image wouldn’t have been possible:
Arefin shot this image with a Nikon D850 and a Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens. He shot it at f/1.4, 1/1600s, and ISO 640. While undoubtedly all the settings are equally important, he has done an excellent job with the shutter speed. He’s hit the sweet spot with the shutter speed for this image as we can see the water dripping with just a touch of blur.
With the rain, all of the surroundings seem to have gone gloomy. But thanks to the light striking the subject and his umbrella, it makes them stand out brilliantly. The warm lighting adds to the vibrance and creates a beautiful contrast from the surrounding. You could say that the image is moody and dark, yet it is vibrant. Brilliant lighting!
Would you dare go outside on a rainy day for some street photography? If you would, you could be presented with a similar photography opportunity. Let us know in the comments.
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