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How many time have you planned for a photo walk only to cancelled it due to inclement weather? One of those days that you just want to snuggle under the blanket and forget about everything. “It’s cloudy, and the light won’t be great” or “What’s there to photograph in the rain?” are common excuses we gave ourselves when we don’t have that motivation to step out of the house, let alone carry a camera and walk around.


Since I started my journey in street photography, I always check out the weather forecast before planning anything on the weekend. Then again, with Melbourne’s unpredictable weather, there were times when I thought I might just laze at home during overcast or wet days. But I have to remind myself that if I want to improve, I need to find a solution instead of excuses. I love to photograph when the light is great, but I also wanted to be able to shoot in any weather condition. I asked myself the following; “What is there to shoot in the rain? If the light wasn’t great, how do I make the image interesting? What are the advantages shooting in those weather condition?” The only way to know the answers is to get out there and shoot. 

Overcast Day

Dull light means I will have to pay more attention to image composition and colour combination within the frame. At times, playing around the juxtaposition between subject and background helps a lot. The advantages of an overcast day mean the light is diffuse and I will be able to photograph at a constant exposure setting.

Gusty Day

A strong wind can create a different mood and energy on the streets. People struggle to hold on to their umbrella, hair blown over their face, or the aftermath of a windy day, you can capture all these gripping actions during such day. You just need to be more observant and react fast with your camera.

Wet Day

If your camera is weather resistance, like my Sony A7s, drizzly rain won’t affect the shoot too much. There are a few things I always look out for when photographing in the rain, reflections, puddles, umbrellas and people running from the rain. These are the scenes you don’t usually get on a sunny day. You can also try using an umbrella to shelter yourself from the rain to take pictures.

Ultimately, weather shouldn’t be an excuse for not going out there to shoot more. Especially with Melbourne’s weather, it is so uncertain, just like street photography, you never going to know what you will get at the end of the day. Just remember this quote: 

 “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” - Dolly Rebecca Parton

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