Rainy day or why photographers need an umbrella

A while ago, I wanted to take pictures early in the morning. However, the weather forecast a predicted a really rainy day.

As I’m not really a morning person, I often find it hard to get up very early. So, when I went outside at 4:30 am and realised it was raining heavily, I wondered if it was worth my while to even go or if I should just have staid in bed.

Curvy road on a rainy day.

Feeling cold but happy in the pouring rain!

In the end, I thought that, as I was up anyway, I might as well catch some fresh air. I packed my gear and drove to a place I wanted to explore between two little villages called Brizon and Le Sommet d’Andey, at an altitude of around 800 m.

“Sunrise” on a rainy day – don’t forget your umbrella!

The day started very quietly, night turned into foggy daylight and I stopped my car in a wet mountain forest. As predicted, it was going to be a rainy day.

It was so wet that I wondered how I could take a picture without getting my camera too damp. In the end, I took my wife’s umbrella which was good for the rain but turned out to make my photographs look purple. That’s fine if you like that kind of look, but I decided not to keep it in the final version of the photographs.

I spent the next couple of hours exploring the area, starting from the forest and ending on a meadow higher up the slope.

It took me a while to “warm up” to the conditions and see interesting patterns that would reflect the way I was feeling on that day. I like to keep things simple, and having to carry an umbrella around isn’t exactly practical.

On a sidenote, I have not tried a rainsleeve yet for my camera as I’m worried that the front element of my lens would still get wet, but this might still be something for the future.

Curvy road and foggy mountain

At one point, I turned around while I was walking up the hill and realised that the most interesting view was not in front of me but on the other side.

That happens quite regularly and I would advise anyone who want to improve their photography to literally keep their eyes open and look around them a lot. It’s just too easy to be lost in concentration and miss the beautiful or mysterious scene unfolding right behind you.

For half an hour, it rained a little bit less and I was able to see the cliffs of the mountain above the road I’d taken to get here. I like “bendy” roads. When you’re on such a road, you cannot see what’s right behind the corner, yet when you’re looking into the curve from outside or above, you have a better view of both sides of the road.

In a way, it reminds me of daily life and how it can sometimes be difficult to see, accept and understand certain parts of it, especially when we’re feeling stressed. On the other side, when you stop looking at the details or take a step back and look at the grand scheme of things, everything seems clear and manageable.

Rainy day – Takeaway

At one point, I realised that I was feeling quite wet and not so comfortable anymore. Feeling damp and cold is definitely not helpful when you’re trying to feel inspired and create expressive photographs, so I decided to pack up and get myself a hot mug of tea.

I find that a lot of conditions can be good for taking photographs even if it’s not always obvious. I enjoy spending time outdoors and find it relaxing to get “away from it all”. I find that photography is a way for me to enhance this frame of mind and it helps me to open my eyes to my surroundings. Even if there is no picture to be taken, I find it relaxing to listen to the rain, a mountain stream or the birds singing at the beginning of the day.

Do you think you’d enjoy being outside on a rainy day or do you prefer it when it’s dry and warm?

As always, if you liked this post, please share it. And if you are wondering about how to take photographs in the rain, you should have a look at this article which I found really helpful.

Thomas Bürkl

Thomas Bürkl is a blogger and photographer who loves spending time outdoors and escaping the strict rules of everyday life. His aim is to help people see the positive side of life through his photography and writing. Thomas comes from Bavaria in Southern Germany and now lives in the French Alps with his wife, daughter and son.

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