A continuation of my vignette series, this video examined a rainy day. Many of my friends complain about the rain in Chicago, but I’ve always loved the beauty of it. I think most people don’t look closely at the things around them when it is raining. I think they are mostly focused on running inside or to their car.
If I prepare for a very wet shoot, then I should be able to capture what I need with little problem.
This shoot was pretty hairy. Keeping rain off of the eyepiece was impossible and all of the lenses and the camera got soaked. Luckily I was using weather-sealed equipment so I didn’t have any mechanical problems. But the front of the lenses kept fogging up. It was also extremely windy, but I decided not to use any stabilization in post-production in order to keep the feeling of the stormy day.
I’ve since learned that you can put a hand warmer rubber-banded to the bottom of your lenses and that will help prevent them from fogging up in this sort of weather.
This video is somewhat frustrating for me in that I know the quality would be much higher with a full HD camera instead of the 720p I had to shoot with on the Nikon D3S. I hate not making the most of opportunities. But I’m bolstered by my happiness with the composition and look and feel. And I think the cinematography looks good. But more than ever now, I am looking forward to shooting with the D800 and D4S!