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User currently offlineHawaiian763 From Canada, joined May 2009, 256 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4511 times:

I'm still fairly new to spotting anf I've tried to avoid going when it is really cloudy or crappy out but I have one day to get out spotting and it's looks like it's going to rain. So my question is can you still get great shots even in the pouring rain with no sun and is it even worth going out in the rain to go spotting?

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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

You definitely have to cover up the camera with a sturdy plastic bag that isn't prone to breaking.

I think some people will put the lens out of the open end of it - and use some tight elastic bands to secure it and try to water-proof things. Use a hood on the lens as well to stop rain getting on the glass.

I wouldn't try it in pouring rain. But it might be okay for light drizzle (a few spots here and there).


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

Surely you can  


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4470 times:
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I did some shooting at an airshow in the rain just a few weeks ago. Overall, I'm not really happy with my shots. I struggle with the flat light and backlit effect of the low overcast.

I managed to get this one accepted, but I'm not crazy about it:


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I kind of like this one, but I'm still debating whether or not to upload it:

F/A-18 Rain Takeoff

I definitely second the recommendation to use a hood. With a good hood and the wind at your back, you can shoot without getting drops on your lens.

2H4



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User currently offlineLOCsta From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 306 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4445 times:
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These were both taken during active rain storms.

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good fast glass will help, as the rain will already make it look like you are using a high ISO, so it doesn't help to add to the issue.
The lens hood is a must and maybe an assistant holding an umbrella  Big grin

Cheers,

Kevin



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4439 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
I definitely second the recommendation to use a hood. With a good hood and the wind at your back, you can shoot without getting drops on your lens.

Some of the little petal type hoods (eg, the one with Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8 VR lens) might be quite useless for that purpose. Sitting inside a car and taking photos through a partially open window can be okay if your location is high enough (and the rain isn't blowing about).


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