02 Shoot the city drenched in rain
Most people want to hibernate when rain starts to fall, but for street photographers this is the perfect time to get out and about. The opportunities for capturing great street scenes are endless in the hustle and bustle of the urban environment.
Photographer Navid Baraty loves bad weather, and headed into the centre of San Francisco on a wet day to capture this shot. “I absolutely love shooting in the rain and snow,” he explains. “A street image of a rainy or snowy scene can look incredibly powerful.”
Of course, shooting in a downpour brings technical difficulties, as Navid explains. “The main challenge is keeping myself and my camera dry,” he admits.
“I don’t own a proper waterproof case for my camera, so I had to make one of my own. I put my camera inside a large plastic zip-up bag and cut a hole in one of the corners so the lens stuck through. I then secured the bag to the lens with a rubber band. It’s tricky using a camera inside a plastic bag in one hand while holding an umbrella in the other, but it’s worth it when you get the shot!”
Keep an eye out for interesting patterns or reflections made by the rain, says Navid. “Different surfaces react differently to light when they’re wet, and I love the moody light that glistens on a street in a cityscape.”
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* Pack a fast (wide-aperture) lens – a prime lens is best – that performs well in low light.
* Open up the aperture as wide as possible and push the ISO setting up to compensate for the lack of natural light.
* If you can persuade an assistant to accompany you on your shoot, they can hold an umbrella over you as you shoot!
* Protect your gear – a plastic zip-up bag will do the trick. See page 51 for more solutions.
* See more of Navid’s street images.
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PAGE 2: Shoot the city drenched in rain
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PAGE 4: Shoot an abstract image – then rotate it!
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PAGE 6: Shoot a surreal portrait
PAGE 7: Shoot woodland wildlife
PAGE 8: Shoot – and stitch – a panorama
PAGE 9: Shoot with the Rule of Thirds