Photographing In The Rain

by William Lulow

You’ve heard of “Singing In The Rain” and how Gene Kelly, the dancer, splashed around while dancing and holding an umbrella. Well, here’s an idea about taking pictures in the rain. Obviously, you need to protect your cameras and lenses from getting wet, but rain makes everything shiny and gives everything a “fresh” look. Not too long ago I made some images of several Westchester towns. The only day I could shoot before the magazine’s deadline was a rainy Sunday. And these were some of the images I came up with:

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New Rochelle               White Plains        Ossining            Yonkers

You’re not going to get bright blue skies, but the rain will definitely add some shine and reflections to your shots. I used this technique many times even in good weather. I was asked to do a shot of The Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers and I asked the maintenance people to hose down the parking lot before I took the shot. I got the camera set up, tested the lighting and then waited while they made the parking lot wet. It also helps make everything somehow look clean! This was the resulting shot: