The Monsoons and your Camera – Part 2 : Rain

Here is the 2nd part of my Camera Care in Monsoon series. If you haven’t gone through the first part, do check it Here. For this part, we concentrate on Rain. Rain is a time to pack your cameras, right? Well that’s how it was until this year. I’d suggest this year, take your cameras out in the rain.

Yes, you have to be extra cautious about the equipment so in this blog post lets take a look at the precautions that you need to take

Camera :

Lets start with the Camera Body. Most of the semi pro camera bodies are not water-proof. They claim weather-sealed but not water-proof. So in short, don’t let them get drenched. So how does one click in the rains? Well, there are a lot of camera body covers available in the market that you can procure. Some come along-with a lens cover as well. I have always kept two things in my bag and multiple copies of them normally. 

  1. Rubberband
  2. Transparent Shower Caps (The ones you get when you stay at hotels). 

The shower cap attached to the camera body with the rubberband holding it in place if need be, works brilliantly well for me. Its easy to control the camera through the shower cap and it saves the camera from the rain as well. If you want to go for one of the available camera body covers in the market, take a look at the following link (just an example – there are many more available, just google them up)

Camera Cover

A simpler one which comes very close to the shower-cap solution is made by OpTech and comes much cheaper

OpTech Camera Sleeve

 

Now, lets move on to the next component that will need protection.

Lens :

Well, here again with all the movable components its really tough to make a lens which is waterproof but they do hold up well against a few drops of water here and there. That said, the covers for lenses are easier to procure and a lot of them are available in the market. I use the Rain Ban for my 500mm lens as it is designed for the big primes.

If you are looking for covers that are designed for smaller lenses, take a look at Storm Jacket. It has served me well for my 70-200 and 100-400 for quite a few years now. If you are the DIY kinds, feel free to cut up an arm of your rain coat – that makes for functionally decent lens covers as well.

I also always carry a huge umbrella with me when I go to click landscapes or I know that I will be sitting in one place to shoot. It helps protect the equipment very well in such situations. Incase your camera got really wet, use a hair-dryer on low/medium and ensure that everything is dry. I’ll be very careful it not overheating the rubber areas of the camera.

Some More General Precautions : 

  1. Please always carry a few good quality garbage bags with you. They can save you in case of a torrential downpour. 
  2. During monsoons carry a camera-bag with a good rain-cover. Helps while on foot in the forests.
  3. Carry a couple of pieces of dry cloth/towels with you while in Safari. Helps to wipe the camera dry after a short shower

We are good with the Camera in Rain Now. Make sure to wipe you equipment dry after the shoot. Do not get lazy on this one under any circumstances. It will bite you hard!!

Click in Rain:

Now that we have a fair idea about protecting the gear, let us now look at how do you shoot to make use of the rain as an added element in your images.

The single most important factor in clicking images with rain is the background. Not that it isn’t important otherwise but if you want to highlight rain, you need to have a clean and darkish background and preferably with the sun in the opposite direction, meaning with the angle of light being from behind the subject. This is the best situation to highlight the rain drops. 

Take a look at the following images by my friends Sangameshwar Ghattargi and Ashutosh Shinde .. The Rain just adds so much to these. Thanks guys for clicking and letting me share these.

 

Clicking when the elements of nature are singing, can add a lot to your images

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One Comment

  1. Anand July 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    Hi Rahul,

    Lovely writeup and very informative. I ll keep this bookmarked to ensure an following the steps whenever i m shooting in rains.

    Cheers
    Anand

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