Street Photography in the rain with my cellphone


A Wet Queen's Road Central.
A Wet Queen’s Road Central.

This morning it was only cloudy. There weren’t any rain despite the weather forecast had mentioned about it. As usual, I brought my trusty GRD as a daily camera. Normally, if the rain is only drizzling, i wouldn’t care about my camera getting wet or anything. Until this afternoon, it started to rain like cats and dogs.

Plastic waste from umbrella bags
Plastic waste from umbrella bags

At the time I was leaving office head out for photo shoot, I decided taking out my GRD is not too good of an idea as the rain drops anywhere…mostly from people’s umbrellas when walking by. My last resort was to bring out my cellphone to begin shooting.

Under a roof
Under a roof

At first, I was only aiming shoot photos with 4:3 and crop them into 1:1 for Instagram. I uploaded a whole bunch of photos to my Instagram account (@ apinhongkong). Shortly after snapping a few with some motion blur, they were actually good enough to be a 4:3 to present them on my wordpress blog. Right, that’s what I’ve done.

Blurred light and reflection
Blurred light and reflection

The OEM camera app from Samsung is sluggish and i don’t like it at all. I use Camera360 app to snap photos with. It’s a very user friendly and also one of the fews that features all the functions we need to produce full size 8MP photos. I think the sweetest feature is the image effect. There are tons of effects to be chosen. Only in black and white, there’s 5-6 different effects. They vary in contrasts and tones.

Couple in the rain
Couple in the rain

I snapped 30 photos in 40 mins on my way home. I totally forgot about there’s a LED flash on the phone. I think I had done a hipshot with flash on. Um…yea..that happens..I didn’t realize until I was doing a aerial shot from a bridge.

I got poncho.
I got poncho.

Not sure what’s wrong with the bluetooth between my phone and macbook. I wasted all night fixing and transferring the photos to my computer. Finally I got them transferred and I processed them. They’re pretty cool even only shot by a cell. A couple of shots, i even like the color version.

A bad day for outdoor workers
A bad day for outdoor workers

It was a night to practice my vision on scenes that projected to my brain. My mentality was no different than using my normal camera gear. I totally accepted the fact that the shutter lag is horrible..i still managed to walked to my subjects, pictured the scene with my vision and snapped. I was surprised I was able to capture some anticipated moments. The practice tonight was productive.

Once again showcasing the best camera is the one we already have..I was motivated after reading about the Magnum photographer Alex Majoli. He had done his photo journalism works with his Olympus point and shoot during the wars in Middle East. So, seriously if he was given only an iPhone, i’m sure the same results could very well be made. Don’t get me wrong with the mobile photography thing I’m into recently. I still use my GRD daily (i snapped a few with my GRD for my mom and sister tonight at home).

Don’t forget we smartphones are so well made and sturdy that they’re shock, dust, cold, rain proof.

8 thoughts on “Street Photography in the rain with my cellphone

  1. I like these photo! You did a great job capturing the moments even with a mobile phone camera! Actually my digital camera broke down on my first day of travel and I’ve been taking photos with my iphone4 mostly.

    1. Hey. Thanks sleepwalkingintokyo. sometimes we just care too much with our cameras. Put them in dry box, worry about the lens bring scratched, away from rain and water. It ruined the fun when a bright sunny day turned into a stormy afternoon. Camera phone brightens our day when shits happen. and it happens once in a while.

  2. Great work! Unfortunately, I have to carry a blackberry and it’s camera is worse than bad. I’m starting to haul around a small, good quality, point-and-shoot for the same reason.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Id really think about the next iPhone for photography…you might think I’m crazy..but that is my dedication to photography and to Apple.

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