I was upset that I had to cancel my trip to Daejon to scout for some scenes, when it rained the whole weekend. This just put me in a gloomy mood where I can't think of other things to do but whine about it. I was chatting on facebook with a fellow blogger friend of mine, when I mentioned my complains.
"Oh, but I love the rain. It's beautiful! You should take pictures of it."
"Nope! I would not dare risk exposing my expensive camera to water... unless I'm getting paid for it."
Canon EOS 60D isn't that expensive when compared to other photographer's gear. But I kept emphasizing its value 'cause it cost me more than 3 months of my salary and I have my growling stomach to prove it.
But that small talk I had with my friend got me thinking of a video I saw once. It's about portrait under rain. Since I still have a lot to learn about portraits, and I have a lot to learn about flash photography, and I have a lot to learn about taking pictures in general, I got curious that night.
First step was to test how the TTL works. Surprisingly, the additional info from this image gave me the idea of how the rain would look like. It was a very informative test shot.
Still a bit rusty, I forgot how TTL works. This session took a lot of hits and misses through many many unnecessary shots. But I managed to work with the flash off-camera. I don't have triggers and I don't think I could justify its prices. So TTL flash photography it is.
When I thought I had enough, I uploaded them on my computer to check out how I'm doing. There were some okay shots and I'm beginning to understand how to accentuate the background using the rain. I was fortunate that it wasn't pouring out that time. But then I want to get the effect I saw on the video. 2 hours passed and the rain came in heavy. I had to work quickly. Not just because of the rain, but because it's almost dawn.
Once again, it's an experience. A learning one. I needed to take down some real notes about this. There's too many to consider with this particular scene. I need more practice. Maybe next time, I can come up with better ones.