Learn how to shoot stun­ning scenes, even in the rain

Don’t let heavy rain ruin your shoot. Lau­ren Scott shows you how to shoot dreamy lake­side re­flec­tions, even in bad weather

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We’ve all seen the gor­geous post­card shots of per­fectly still lakes, where the sub­ject is re­flected on the wa­ter in a golden light.

From a practical sense, shoot­ing these scenes is ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple. The hard part is plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion be­fore­hand to make sure you ar­rive at just the right time (and in the right con­di­tions). Here, we were un­lucky when we ar­rived at Slove­nia’s beau­ti­ful Lake Bled. Despite check­ing the weather fore­cast in ad­vance, the con­di­tions had quickly turned from pas­tel clear skies to a rainy down­pour. For­tu­nately we were still able to bag some serene shots by adapt­ing our ap­proach and tech­nique.

We’d scouted out our location the night be­fore, and this meant when we ar­rived we could set up straight away. We opted to shel­ter our­selves and our kit from the rain un­der a leafy tree. Although there was lit­tle wind, a long ex­po­sure – achieved by at­tach­ing an ND fil­ter – really smoothed out any move­ment in the wa­ter. As for com­po­si­tion, a fo­cal length of around 50-60mm was per­fect for cre­at­ing a more in­ti­mate view.

So for­get dreamy sun­rises; next time you get caught in a storm, heed our tips and cap­ture some mir­rored magic in the rain.

Roberto Pavic/500px.com/rob­lfcpho­tos

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