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: