What do you do when it rains as you make your way to work (or to school)? Just shoot what you see and learn from your photos what to do and not do the next time it rains.
Sometimes, when I’m stuck on a slow moving bus during a rainy morning on the way to work, I simply whip out the camera that I have with me and just document what I see. Often, I treat such moments as a self-learning photo training and experimental session on how to take better photos with the particular camera that I have with me.
Over a period of time, I have started to better understand the unique character of each camera that I have. I have also started to learn, mainly through mistakes, on what the camera definitely cannot do. For example, with my Olympus PEN EE-2, I can’t expect it to freeze action when there are only two shutter speeds available; 1/200 or 1/40. Throw in the fact that the camera will automatically choose the right speed and aperture for the lighting conditions; it can be a gamble at times. But then again, that’s part of the fun when shooting film.
Even so, when I see something interesting, I will just snap a photo and hope for the best. Sometimes, it works.
But sometimes, it doesn’t.
One of the things that I have learnt while shooting in a moving vehicle on a rainy day is to be aware of how the rain will affect the windows of the vehicle. Interestingly, this can create some interesting photos.
While you don’t have to take the typical umbrella shot to show that it is raining, it won’t hurt to snap one or two.
What I try to do after I have developed the film is to study how to take better photos the next time I have a chance. One of the best teachers that I have is the Lomo community (yup, you guys). The Lomography website has a wealth of photos that shows what you can do on a rainy day. They are inspirational to look at.