I don’t see a lot of photographs taken on rainy days. It’s wet, dull, and inconvenient. Soaked clothes tend to leave one running for shelter. However, weather is great at conveying moods. Weather is part of life and I love to the rainy days as much as the sunny ones.
Sometimes I’ll use an extra photo in my layout that doesn’t have to do with the subject but adds to the mood. It helps set the scene.
For this blog post, I waited for a rainy day and went outside to explore. I love capturing rain droplets on leaves. I like the contrast of textures. Slick wet surfaces on brittle ridged leaves. Puddles on asphalt.
Or raindrops hanging on to branches or objects. If my kids had been at home I would have loved to have caught a photo of a raindrop on the tip of my child’s nose.
Capture the sky right before the rain when it is heavy and dark with rain. Take photos as it begins to fall.
Capture the action. If I were in a city, I’d be trying to capture photos of people rushing around with umbrellas, or feet stepping into puddles.
At home, I’ve often captured my children dancing in the rain, jumping in puddles, or holding umbrellas.
If you’re in your car (safely stopped) take a photo of your windshield with the wipers on.
Take photos when the sun peeks back out and reflects off of droplets. See if there is a rainbow. All these different moments in a rainy day can make us feel such varying emotions. Think about how they might work into a layout.
A rainy day in the fall will look much different from one in the spring or summer. How does the sky and land look different? Rain in the spring might suggest the promise of flowers and growth. In the summer, kids are more likely to be playing in the rain. I love photographing the rain falling on the turning leaves.
How would the following photo look in black and white? Play around with your photos. I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my photos. Sometimes I’ll also use Radlab.
Use the weather to frame your subject. I focused on the wet leaves so they would frame my house in the background.
Play around with your settings, experiment with your lighting, and see what kind of photo magic can happen on a rainy day. I had a lot of fun seeing a kinda dull gray day in a whole new way.
Have fun clicking!