Rainy Street Photos

As part of my ongoing foray into street photography, I've been doing a mentoring program through the Sackville Photo Club, and I'm learning a lot!  

Our walk this weekend had been scheduled several weeks in advance, so when it poured rain, instead of calling it quits, we just called it a day earlier than usual.  What the rain did provide, however was a very different setting than the usual bright sunny day.  

I opted to try something different than the last few outings as well.  Instead of going covert with a taped-over logo and small lens, I was using a 5D mark II with a battery grip and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and then later the 24-70mm f/2.8.  Needless to say, I stuck out like a sore thumb. 

It looked sorta like this.  Obtrusive much? Photo: Canon 5D Mark ii Gripped with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS by Roops Photography via Flickr

Here are some of the results:

Comments on using a big camera for street:

People noticed me.  When people saw the monstrosity I was carrying they either got out of the way like I was holding a gun, or they smiled and waved. I think people see large and "professional" equipment and assume I'm a professional working for a paper.  I didn't get many photos that I'd consider to be candid shots, but the ability to zoom in and compress in a couple areas was very helpful.  In any case, I got a few photos that I'm generally happy with, though I did get a bit wet.