Braving the Night Rain

Posted on February 28th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 31 comments

Night Rain Photograph

I love shooting strangers under bad weather. And for a while now, I’ve always wondered how it would be to shoot bad weather at night. I could only imagine how dramatic the shots could be with the combination of heavy rain and the night lights. Just a few nights ago, I’ve had the chance to do just that.

It was one of the heaviest rains I’ve ever shot in. Even with my umbrella, I was completely soaked… I was even worried that I might have spoiled my iPhone since it must be drenched in my pocket. But seeing the picturesque atmosphere brought out by the street lights under the rain, I knew I had the potential keeper just waiting to happen. So I moved on.

While I was standing in the intersection, crossing paths with pedestrians hurrying to get to shelter, I noticed this lone figure from afar… right in the middle of Orchard Road. The silhouette was walking away from where I was, so with my tiny umbrella on one hand and camera on the other, I ran towards it to catch a better look. Suddenly I realized the figure was actually walking towards my direction! I hurriedly backed up until I got the framing I wanted. I knelt down, pointed, and just clicked away.

When the figure walked past me, I realized it was an old lady. She was just casually walking, braving the heaviest of rains, with the street all by herself. What a big contradiction to the younger crowd I usually encounter, hurrying to get to shelter like the rain was a bad thing.

Here are some of the other photos I’ve taken that night:

Night Rain Photograph by Danny Santos

Night Rain Photograph by Danny Santos

Night Rain Photograph by Danny Santos

Night Rain Photograph by Danny Santos

31 thoughts on “Braving the Night Rain

  1. awesome night scene! reminds me of Blade Runner ;) I lay awake last night as a line of thunderstorms passed over for hours on end… and to be honest the thought of going out in the wind and rain to shoot pictures (I live in the suburbs… not very photogenic) never occurred to me.

  2. Love the shot Danny. You are an inspiration to all street photographers. hell, all photographer for that matter… If you dont mind me asking, what ISO did you us here? and i can imagine, shot at f1.4.. correct??

  3. Danny… u just keep surprising me with ur shots…
    awesome work man & i know how difficult it is to get such shots…. but u still make it seem so simple…. thats the Danny’s edge :))
    keep clicking…

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  5. I don’t know why you call this bad weather…this is GOOD weather. Excellent skills on display.

    I get excited when the fog picks up here in San Francisco, it means that it’s time to get out there and isolate some people.

    Great shots, I’ll be following you in my reader!

  6. Beautiful set od photos.I too like bad weather and night time shots though I don’t do it much. I use an old Sony Mavica 400 and 500 which writes the photo on a small disc. I just love theses cameras.
    You are very talented. Keep up the good work!! N

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  8. Taking photos when it’s pouring cats and dogs?? You must be kidding ~ would be my reply, if someone were to ask me. But after seeing your photos, I would like to grab my camera and go out to shoot.

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