25 Mesmerizing Rainy Day Photo Examples

Most people believe that a clear day or a nice bright light is a requirement to capture beautiful photographs. In fact most photographers toss their cameras away when the weather starts to go crazy. However, unknown to many, stormy and rainy days present some unique opportunities to capture dramatic and moody scenes. On rainy days, light is soft and diffused which create great contrast to colorful leaves and flowers or the clothes and umbrellas. But low light means slow shutter speeds. Thus, you will probably need your tripod. But if this is not possible, then just follow the rule of thumb for shooting with your hands, that is, using a shutter speed equal to 1/focal length of your lens. So for example, a 70-200mm lens you need 1/200th shutter speed to handhold without camera shake. Try a shallow depth of field by opening up your lenses to the widest possible. Another interesting thing about rain photography are reflections. Rain water serves as light reflectors, depending on how you compose your shot. Reflections adds interest and dimensions to your photos.

Below are some quick tips to help you get ready for your  next (or very first) rain photography adventure.

  • Not all cameras are waterproof so make sure they are protected.
  • If you are planning to use an umbrella, remember to bring something in dark colors. Stray light can sometimes spoil your shot.
  • Watch out and be creative with colors. Since stormy and rainy days are gloomy, colors such as in the form of clothing, umbrella, rain gears and nature can really stand out during rain.
  • Try shooting also in black and white. Or you can convert photos to black and white in post processing stage.
  • Another that you need to pay attention when shooting on a rainy day are surfaces like glass, plastic, etc. They have different reaction to rain, giving you an opportunity to shoot some abstract scenes.

There you go. I’m sure that once you get started taking photos on rainy days, you will be looking forward to rain in the weather forecast.



01-Raining Again by  By Yug_and_her

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02-The Rainman by Vinoth Chandar
This was a shot taken in December 2010 at Chennai Marina Beach during the rains.

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03-When it Rains by EJP Photo

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04-When it rains on the mountains by freebird

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05- Freesia in the Rain by John Morgan

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06-Ray of Hope by h.koppdelaney

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07-Message in the Rain by Shattered Infinity

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08-Rain from below (Berne, Suisse) by Frederic Mancosu

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09-Love comforts like sunshine after rain by Marty Desilets
But lust’s effect is tempest after sun.

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10-The current state of things by Ashley Rose

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11-Stormy Days by EJP Photo

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12-Silhouette in the Rain by ~dannyst

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13-September Rain by ~NikoWD

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14-Rain Drops, Heavy Rainfall in Edinburgh by Photographer John Gilchrist

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15-Rain by Aubrey Arenas
Waiting for the rain to settle down
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16-Sad Rain by Scion_cho
Rain usually depicts sadness. I guess it’s because we can’t enjoy much of the weather unless our activity would involve rain-bathing.

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17-Shining Rain by John&Fish
To capture an exceptional image of a bird in motion sometimes means the photographer needs to ignore unexpected weather condition. This shot was taken at a 1/4000 second speed in the pouring rain. The raindrops and the flying bird gave a perfect composition of Mother Nature in motion.

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18-A Buddhist in the Rain by h.koppdelaney

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19-SV in the rain by Philipp Lücke
A Diablo VT Affolter LeMans and a beautiful LP640.

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20-Rain by Nannydaddy
This was taken in Liberia, Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

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21- Still More Rain On Yonge by Metrix X

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22-Red Rain by Stefano Corso
Taken in Lucerne, Switzerland

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23-Genève, ville de couleurs by Gabriel Asper

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24-Sunflower Rain by h.koppdelaney

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25-Rain, Rain, Go Away… by Javier Galeano (AP) via Time Magazine

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  1. Very nice shots, thank you for sharing!

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