When you’re travelling, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean your photography has to stop, of course.
Grab an umbrella and walk out into diffuse light softened by clouds, and enjoy the lack of shadows and madly contrasting sun-and-shade.
Enjoy the reflections on a wet road.
And try this technique, of focusing on a wet window, the raindrops on it, and shooting through it.
After hot, hot days in France it suddenly rains hard in Lyon. I’m in a coach, the windows so saturated that they obscure the view.
These pictures were taken on an iPhone, but this technique applies to all phone cameras.
I’m in a window seat, but lucky to have the aisle seat next to me empty, so I move into that. It’s better with a bit of distance between you and the window.
Then I focus on the window frame (it’s almost impossible to get the phone camera to focus in the wet window). To do this, touch the screen where the window frame is until you see the focus is locked. On the iPhone this is AE/AF. (Once focus is locked, you can still drag your finger up and down the screen in an i Phone, but side to side on an Android phone, to adjust exposure.)
Then compose the picture, letting the phone be the same distance from the window as it was from the frame.
I’ve used the same technique in Sri Lanka, in a bus passing a queue of people with bright coloured umbrellas waiting to visit Buddha’s holy relics.
I shot a treasured set of pictures of Ushuaia, on the southern tip of Argentina, through the wet windows of an old London Routemaster double-decker bus, now used for town tours.
Most pictures capture moments, but I feel these sets of pictures have captured the mood of these places on a wet day.
And they print well on canvas.