Good Times in Bad Weather


Posted on January 27th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 17 comments

rain shot in Orchard Road

I love shooting in the rain. If it’s a weekend and it’s raining, you’ll probably see me with an umbrella on one hand, and my camera on the other, walking (sometimes running) around Orchard Road taking photos of strangers as they run from one mall to another. Often times, it’s an adrenaline rush for me. As it turns out, the same can be said to the ones on the other side of the lens.

Singapore has been experiencing a downpour for the past few weeks. And as I diligently photograph the streets while completely drenched from waist down, I noticed that an extraordinary amount of the people running into the rain has a grin from ear to ear… even in the heaviest of rains.

rain shot in Orchard Road

In a weather that’s supposed to inconvenience people by keeping them indoors or else get uncomfortably drenched, people seem to get by. In fact, they seem to be happy about it. A friend offered an explanation: “It’s because they’re doing something crazy. They know they shouldn’t be doing it, but they do anyway.” I guess the same can be said to me… I shouldn’t be risking my camera by shooting in the rain, but I do it anyway.

D300 camera wet in the rain

So, if they’re having fun running in the rain, I’m having fun shooting them. In the end, they get to the other side of the road, and I get photos I’m hoping for :) As they say:

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

rain shot in Orchard Road

rain shot in Orchard Road

rain shot in Orchard Road

rain shot in Orchard Road

rain shot in Orchard Road

rain shot in Orchard Road

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A footnote for the curious tekkies:
The gear I used for the photos above is a Nikon D300 with a 20mm f2.8 lens or a 24mm f1.4 lens. I don’t have those fancy camera rain coats, I just use an umbrella. I’m relying on Nikon’s claim that the D300 is semi-weather proof. So far, it hasn’t disappointed me.





17 thoughts on “Good Times in Bad Weather

  1. I think the rain causes on people almost the same as what it does on plants; that’s why the smile. The rain just gives a lot of energy to those walking under it… I really like the pics by the way!

  2. really nice photos …. I like the interesting candid moment.
    The 4rd photos from below is so close if you are shooting with 20mm / 24mm. Will your subject get angry or annoy with your camera shooting them?

  3. My digital body is a D7000 and I shoot in the rain in the summer quite often. Usually I use a plastic sandwich bag fitted around the camera with a hole for the viewfinder and lens. I find this keeps the camera body mostly dry, I rely on the weather sealing for the rest of the moisture protection.

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