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02/11/2013

Photographing in rain has several benefits

1/4 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100, -1/3 EV

First are foremost you are alone. For me photographing is a reflective process where I focus on the image and think abstract thoughts - letting my mind flow. While in this state there is nothing more disturbing that other human beings. So when the sky is all grey and its raining softly, then its time to grab your photo gear and head for the forrest, beach or open landscape to escape the every day life.

An all grey sky (the lords big soft box) and a bit of rain is perfect conditions for shooting black and white photos. With me today I had the following equipment:

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon Coolpix A
  • AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G
  • Nikon MC-36 remote cord release
  • Velbon GEO N830 tripod and QHD-72Q Ballhead
  • Crumpler backpack
  • Holebrook WP sweater
  • Stetson Herringbone Hatteras

The AF-S 28mm f/1.8G lens is a nice and not so heavy lens that fits perfectly on a D800. It is sharp and delivers a soft bokeh wide open. A bit of vignetting, radial distortion and green CA is visible wide open, but is easily corrected in Lightroom.

Here is one more photo from todays walk in the forrest. I shot maybe 25 different scenes, but only two made it through my final selection.

1/3 sec at f/14, ISO 100, -1 EV

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