Chasing the rainclouds: Monsoon Photography tips for the adventurer in you

Remember the nursery rhyme that begs the rains to go away so that Johnny could play? Well, discard that. Johnny is all grown-up now and he has shiny new gear that let him play along with the rains. Also, that rhyme wasn’t really meant for a beautiful country like ours (our speculation). Half the fun growing up in India is playing in the first downpour, making paper boats and generally goofing around in the numerous little streams that spring up in monsoons. Don’t ever let your inner child fade out.

Our country is blessed with refreshing torrential rains that spans across a period of 3-4 months. Needless to say, it is one of the most visually appealing and spectacular seasons of India. Mellifluous flora, blossoming fauna and an ever captivating landscape, doesn’t this make the monsoons a beautiful subject as a whole? We want you to get out there and capture this magnificent sight with your trusted old friend and confidant; the camera. Whether you’re a beginner or a hotshot professional, here are some monsoon photography tips that can add some pizzazz to your piece of artwork.

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What can be clicked?

While we don’t want to dictate the terms of your creativity, here are few subjects to help you get a starting point.

Gone with the Wind – How can capture something that you can’t see? You don’t. The main idea is to capture the essence, the movement and the interaction of the wind with other elements. Look out for swaying trees or grass that succumbs to the mighty monsoon winds. Strong winds also create spectacular interactions with the surface of water; try to a great shot of this. Vast flat lands of the countryside and coastal areas are great places to get these shots.

Tip: Keep your professional digital camera in burst mode (if available) to ensure to never miss out on a good shoot. Faster shutter speeds and higher ISO settings are suggested by most professionals.

Head in the clouds – Clouds are at their dramatic prime during the monsoons. They are one of the most sought after subjects during the monsoon, even with amateurs on social media. Rain heavy clouds are very intense and if shot well, it can be very gratifying. Your aim is to capture the game of hide and seek between the clouds and the sun.

Tip: Smaller aperture, slower shutter speed and lower ISO settings are usually recommended.

Overcast & B/W – Overcast is the period of time where the cloud cover is so heavy that sun is practically not visible. Overcasts render more than fifty shades of grey. This makes it a perfect time to play around with Black & White photography. Since the rain clouds act like diffusers you could try portrait photography. Black and white pictures during overcasts are one of easiest option to try out in monsoon photography. Capturing the deserted land or landscape in an overcast in B/W can produce really dramatic photographs.

Water – Raindrops, droplets and flowing water is abundant during the monsoon season. Capturing the various states of water flow can help you capture the actual essence of photography in monsoon. You can experiment with the stunning bokeh effect of dew drops on flowers or leaves and even car windshields can yield some good shots. High ISO settings with shorter shutter speeds clubbed with a wider aperture will give you some great results.

Reflections – Water bodies can be an abundant resource for photography in monsoon. You could capture reflections of flowers, the sun, the sky above and even skyline of city in all its reflected glory. You composition and they message you are trying project are the key factor while capturing reflections. It is suggested that you use a tripod for optimum results.

Human Life: Apart from nature, human life, its joys and perils in the monsoon are wonderful subjects. You can capture human beings in their various moods and day-to-day activities. The best part is that you do not have to travel far wide to see humans in their habitats. Trust us, clicking children playing in the rains is not only beautiful also quite therapeutic.

Tip: Many humans don’t like being clicked. You could either get consent or get some candid shots with Buy Zoom Lens Online.

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Safety tips for monsoon photography

  • Protect your camera. You could make a DIY cover with zip-lock bags and rubber bands. You could also look out for professionally designed waterproof covers for your professional digital camera.
  • Make sure your camera is packed in travel safe backpacks. You could fortify the professional digital camera case with added foam or a soft cloth.
  • During the monsoons electricity supplies are usually unstable and mostly down. It would be a good idea to carry extra batteries that are fully charged.
  • Professional digital cameras and all electronics are prone to water damage and poor performance due to moisture and condensation. You can avoid this by adding silica gel packs in your camera case.
  • Unload batteries from your professional digital camera if you don’t plan to use it for a long time. This is true for most electronic devices.
  • Apart from your equipment safety, it would be worthwhile carrying few supplies that come in handy while travelling. The list could include, basic first-aid kit, scotch tape, few rubber bands, torch, insect repellents, empty zip lock bags to name a few.

Also Read: How To Be A Traveller Not A Tourist

We hope you liked our tips and are dying to use them on your next monsoon photography adventure. Do feel free to share your ideas, suggestions or even experiences of your expeditions. Happy Clicking!

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