Ginza, alive at night

Topaz Adjust

The photo below uses Topaz Adjust for a bit of sharpening. I find that my photos can still come out blurry, even though I use a tripod. For more info, be sure to see my Topaz Adjust Review here on the site!

Your thoughts on rain?

How do you feel about shooting in the rain? Too much of a hassle, or worth it? I’m interested in your perspective… you can read more about mine below!

Daily Photo – Ginza, alive at night

Rain is good. Rain is bad. I can’t decide!

You have no idea… (or maybe you do !!) how hard it is to carry around two cameras, a tripod, AND an umbrella. I already have every one of my 10 digits fully employed with handling everything. But… an umbrella! Well that really requires five fingers! I can usually get by with 5 on my tripod/camera too. I walk around with everything hooked together. However, a problem ensues when you have to expand and retract the legs of the tripod. That is really a two-hand operation. So what do you do with the umbrella during this time? The neck/shoulder pinch is right-out… the umbrella gets caught in the wind and it is a recipe for disaster.

And, you have to keep the umbrella over the lens at all times. If you put on the lens cap, it can cause fogging (in most wet-weather conditions). And you can’t let the lens get drops on it, of course. So, I have to keep myself and the lens dry the entire time.

But, once you get everything set up… then… well, nothing beats the effect of wet streets in the night… just wonderful.

HDR Photo

  • casusan

    Cool shot Trey – yes the street looks beautiful – I like the icy blue tones here – awesome!

  • Really enjoyed the webinar tonight! It’s definitely worth it to shoot in the rain. The water really reflects the light and gives a unique look to a picture. I really like the lines of light in the building – totally worth getting a little wet for this one!

  • Great shot Trey. Love the industrial look to this shot. Really enjoy shooting in the rain, opens up a whole new possibility of reflections.

  • Mark Herring

    Wet is great. Lots of nice reflections as long as the camera stays dry,

  • When I was in Japan this spring, I ran into a lot of rain. I decided on no umbrella, and instead chose a good gore tex jacket. For my camera I made a rain cover out of sil-nylon which I designed so that I could use the zoom on my lens without getting the camera wet. Maybe an option to think about. With two cameras you shouldn’t have to switch lenses very much for most uses.
    Nice shot by the way!


  • Avaviel

    I love your photos, but hate that gigantic banner!

  • I like this one. I was reading recently that one of the advantages to shooting in the rain was that the rain can actually naturally enhance the saturation of colours (or something to that effect). I personally like the idea of shooting in the rain but as you say it can be quite fiddly. I’m with Matthew in that i’m thinking of making some sort of bespoke, home made ‘umbrella’ for my camera for the trip to NYC in October. I learned the hard way when I went to the Open Golf In St.Andrews in July and subjected my gear to some of the worst weather conditions ever – i was too apprehensive about the rain damaging my gear and the shots I got suffered as a result.

  • Never try to shoot HDR when its rain… especially at night..will try it…but with a lots of energy to carry extra important equipment ‘umbrella’…:)

  • AMAZING!!! I really love this image. I like the bright colors, the horizontal lights of the store and the reflections.

  • Rain is good I’ve always found. Adds an extra dimension to the photo that you wouldn’t always capture. I follow this guy – – who has a whole section devoted to one street that he took in the rain.

    My attempt is this – – which I took in a typhoon in Hong Kong. Definitely worth the effort even if I did get a bit tangled up in the process.

  • Ben I love your photo – photo + typhoon = hardcore!

    I like the link to – his street stuff is along the lines of what i’d like to get when i visit NY. Going to check it out later for some inspiration. Thanks for posting it dude!

  • looks amazing! love the light streaks!

  • I hate shooting in the rain but love the end result!

  • Trey, maybe you should get one of those umbrella hats!

  • Very nice photo! I never seem to remember an umbrella when I’m out taking photos. Actually I don’t even own a stinkin’ umbrella. Is that weird?

    I am missing your landscape photos though.. too much urban not enough rural lately. πŸ™‚

    NEK Photography Blog

  • Amazing shot! I don’t have any personal experience on shooting in the rain, but I can imagine it’s challenging πŸ™‚ and the end result is totally worth it.

  • Okay this post has captured my imagination – i think I may make my own version of this for my camera – this is tremendous! :-

  • Great shot. I remember this photo from your eBook, “Top 10 Mistakes in HDR.” I actually learned a lot from your post with this image. Making all those “dirty” whites pop. Thanks, Trey.

  • Shoot in the rain then shoot in the dry an combine to taste in Photoshop. I call this technique: High Dynamic Rain….. πŸ˜‰

  • Gail in Montana

    Nice shot in the rain of Ginza! I think you did great inspite of the rain!! Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day πŸ™‚

  • Thanks all!

    Dave, as much as I like the idea of those Umbrella Hats… I just don’t think I could look at myself in a mirror and live with myself.

  • Rain is the best! I love the quality that shooting through rain gives my pictures, sort of a soft focus, dreamy effect when the conditions are right, not to mention the gorgeous, soft lighting you get on a cloudy day. That, and it rains a lot where I live, so you have to learn to roll with it, or just not shoot outside πŸ™‚ That said, it’s a no go without an assistant. When I can nab someone to help though, I have a 5 foot diameter golf umbrella that is the bomb. I don’t leave home without it. (Wind is a dealbreaker.)

  • I was going to suggest the umbrella hat but someone beat me to it. I have actually seen someone strap an umbrella to their body in order to shoot. It looked like they used a luggage strap and an extra belt! Still not cool. Not sure I would do it, actually I am sure I would, we do anything to get the shot we want. I am actually hoping to make a book someday of photographers taking photos. We get in the stupidest positions and places.

  • Henry

    Get a Manfrotto (Bogen) tripod, and extending the legs is a one-handed operation, loosen the collar knobs with the ‘pod under your arm, then let gravity do the extending!

  • I need to shoot in the rain on a regular basis.

    I’ve been using some baggies that fit on the camera with a drawstring at the lens opening.
    They are open in the bottom with room to squeeze in my hand and also an opening that stretches over the camera eyepiece. They are like $8.00 or less for two of them and when they get torn I just toss them and pull out a fresh cover.
    They take up no space in by bag, they really work well except a driving rain aimed at the lenses that can get past the lens shade. Keep in mind that my Nikon’s already have some water resistance.
    For me, I wear a widebrimmed rain hat and backpacker weight raincoat.

    Some of my favorite photos are taken in the rain and I love the reflections on pavement, color saturation, etc.

  • gypman

    Great shot – and so sharp! How did you manage to hold the umbrella?

  • Thanks for the comment Andy. Yeah definitely should check Danny out if you’re interested in street photography or even wet weather photography!

    Have fun in NYC! Loved that place when I was there – really need to somehow find a way back..

  • This is a great image, shooting in the rain is always fun, thanks for sharing.

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