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
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.