23 Inspirational Images of a Rainy Day - Digital Photography School

23 Inspirational Images of a Rainy Day

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Ever put time aside to get out with your camera and do some photography only to find that the weather turns and the heavens open – spoiling your outing?

Don’t let the rain spoil your day – instead USE the rain – make it a feature of the images that you take. Rainy days can be moody, they present you with wonderful features like reflections, people dashing about with umbrellas, kids playing in puddles, water drops almost every surface and much more.

Here are some rainy day images to give you a little inspiration.

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  • friend

    Fantastic Pics …. very inspiring!!
    However, for published pictures, would request the EXIF info to be shared – since it will help novices like me improve our skills – which is the primary reason I visit this site!!

  • Norm

    Don’t forget your polarizer

  • http://www.onyonet.com Daniel Kmiecik
  • Kate

    Awesome!! Love the rain – and love these pix!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/locateashwin/ Ashwin

    Sharing my monsoon moment

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/locateashwin/ Ashwin
  • http://www.dreamstime.com/Rahela_info-resi242564 Rahela

    Fantastic images, both in the article and in the comments… I particularly liked the “Jesie” image and the images taken in Nice on a rainy day.

    I don’t have many rain images, these are some:
    http://s2.pticica.com/foto/0001204582_l_0_irpury.jpg

    http://s2.pticica.com/foto/0001204637_l_0_go4g9b.jpg

  • http://www.kenaynes.com Ken

    Very inspirational images!! Lots of rain here in Seattle!

  • http://Www.echokilo.tk Ercan
  • http://senturyyob/wordpress.com sentury yob

    your way of doing it is very inspiring for those who want to learn
    you know inspiration is not small….. Great job .

  • raghavendra
  • Renatemarie

    This discussion prompted to take another look at some photos from a trip I took to Europe in November 2010. That is a rainy time indeed to visit Europe! Here, 15 or so rainy day photos.
    http://photobucket.com/renatemarieflynn_europe2010rain

  • Cathy

    I love this collection! It inspired me to go out and try to take some rainy day photos of my own. My best shot is probably this one… http://flic.kr/p/aGRe9K

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk/wedding-art-photography.html Paul

    Absolutely love it, inspirational. Shows what you can achieve if you think out side the box! Bad weather can make for good light!

  • ButterflyLady

    For those that are saying you won’t risk your equipment, there are plenty of covers you can buy for your camera’s even with a long lens on them. My camera is waterproof (and only a P&S but still takes great pictures). I love taking pictures in the rain though I haven’t managed to get any as amazing as the ones posted above yet.

  • Loretta Killian

    Gorgeous pix!!

  • zaid
  • http://www.sreerajphotography.com Sreeraj S

    I have one snap with me… :)

Some older comments

  • ButterflyLady

    March 14, 2013 03:42 pm

    For those that are saying you won't risk your equipment, there are plenty of covers you can buy for your camera's even with a long lens on them. My camera is waterproof (and only a P&S but still takes great pictures). I love taking pictures in the rain though I haven't managed to get any as amazing as the ones posted above yet.

  • Paul

    March 6, 2012 11:23 pm

    Absolutely love it, inspirational. Shows what you can achieve if you think out side the box! Bad weather can make for good light!

  • Cathy

    December 30, 2011 10:24 am

    I love this collection! It inspired me to go out and try to take some rainy day photos of my own. My best shot is probably this one... http://flic.kr/p/aGRe9K

  • Renatemarie

    December 28, 2011 11:44 pm

    This discussion prompted to take another look at some photos from a trip I took to Europe in November 2010. That is a rainy time indeed to visit Europe! Here, 15 or so rainy day photos.
    http://photobucket.com/renatemarieflynn_europe2010rain

  • raghavendra

    December 28, 2011 07:04 pm

    On a rainy day

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/10/drops-of-rain.html

  • sentury yob

    December 8, 2011 05:01 pm

    your way of doing it is very inspiring for those who want to learn
    you know inspiration is not small..... Great job .

  • Ercan

    December 5, 2011 05:46 am

    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3072882

  • Ken

    November 29, 2011 05:28 am

    Very inspirational images!! Lots of rain here in Seattle!

  • Rahela

    November 10, 2011 06:24 am

    Fantastic images, both in the article and in the comments... I particularly liked the "Jesie" image and the images taken in Nice on a rainy day.

    I don't have many rain images, these are some:
    http://s2.pticica.com/foto/0001204582_l_0_irpury.jpg

    http://s2.pticica.com/foto/0001204637_l_0_go4g9b.jpg

  • Ashwin

    November 9, 2011 03:06 pm

  • Ashwin

    November 8, 2011 11:54 pm

    Sharing my monsoon moment

  • Kate

    November 8, 2011 01:59 pm

    Awesome!! Love the rain - and love these pix!

  • Daniel Kmiecik

    November 8, 2011 06:16 am

    Here's my favorite.

    http://onyonetphotostudios.artistwebsites.com/featured/1-rainy-morning-onyonet-photo-studios.html

  • Norm

    November 8, 2011 05:11 am

    Don't forget your polarizer

  • friend

    November 8, 2011 03:53 am

    Fantastic Pics .... very inspiring!!
    However, for published pictures, would request the EXIF info to be shared - since it will help novices like me improve our skills - which is the primary reason I visit this site!!

  • reuben chircop

    November 7, 2011 05:08 am

    Nice inspirations, Usual the rain makes us all go inside but these images make want to go out and have some creative shots.

  • ONKAR NATH SINGH

    November 7, 2011 01:49 am

    Really this is stunning and thrilling photographs. Superb!

  • Saptashaw

    November 7, 2011 01:12 am

    Loved the images. Here's one by me:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/saptashaw_c/5542965513/in/set-72157624327375719/

  • Rene C Toyer

    November 6, 2011 11:13 pm

    Loved those photos even the ones posted in comments! I have some rain photos as well, please fell free to browse

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rct_photography/5470721451/in/set-72157626452308582
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rct_photography/5471284338/in/set-72157626452308582/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rct_photography/5470681733/in/set-72157626452308582/

    The last link is my personal fav!

  • Alex

    November 6, 2011 09:23 pm

    These are great.

  • Bob Bevan Smith

    November 6, 2011 09:04 am

    Picture 4 is not reversed - it is a picture of the photographer taken looking into a mirror.
    And ccting - you don't have to risk gear in the rain - an umbrella or plastic bag will keep it dry, or you could stand in shelter (like a doorway). Even a large hat will work. And some of these pictures could have been taken just after the rain had stopped. Or even with an underwater housing!

  • David Marlow

    November 6, 2011 05:10 am

    Is picture No 4 reversed?

  • mark

    November 6, 2011 01:48 am

    I love photographing in the rain :) Gives you some cool creative possibilities. I wrote a little article on a portrait I shot in the rain (similar to the first one). Here it is for anyone interested:
    http://digitalphotobuzz.com/photo-of-the-week-using-off-camera-lighting

    Mark

  • chuks

    November 6, 2011 12:49 am

    I love those pic there are lovely

  • Bill Belt

    November 6, 2011 12:21 am

    Fantastic photos--Thanks

  • Lew Smither

    November 5, 2011 10:54 pm

    Outstanding collections in the rain!

  • Pssequimages

    November 5, 2011 10:48 pm

    Inspiring is right! Thank you so much for these ideas and sharing these great rain-photos.

  • Michelle Rose

    November 5, 2011 10:11 pm

    Amazing pictures it has given me some inspiration!!!!!!

  • CrazyMoose

    November 5, 2011 08:14 pm

    Great shots! Here are some photos I took in the rain: http://oer-yonder-photos.co.uk/tag/rain/

  • Mr.win

    November 5, 2011 07:31 pm

    Good to see the great photo , thanks you so much!

  • Mr.win

    November 5, 2011 07:27 pm

    Wow,really beautiful in the first photo, really fantastic!

  • Shariq Yasin

    November 5, 2011 07:10 pm

    Here are two Pictures of Rain I took during my visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia....
    Looking forward for tips to improve these:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/101311801377509000917/WebsiteUploads#5671420478662360610
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101311801377509000917/WebsiteUploads#5671420796674735954

  • Yvonne

    November 5, 2011 05:46 pm

    Thank you so much for these inspirational images - they are beautiful

  • Long Fellow

    November 5, 2011 05:09 pm

    Great selection. Really inspirational. Thank you!

  • khushi solanki

    November 5, 2011 04:23 pm

    hi
    the 'rainy'' images are just awesome.i was also trying to do it but failed quite miserably during recent rainy season. i will again try with your suggestions.
    cheers
    khushi solanki

  • Robert Simmons

    November 5, 2011 01:02 pm

    Great pictures. Here's one I shot on a rainy day in Washington DC, about a block from the National Portrait Gallery.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuaussi/3356835062

  • Jesuselio

    November 5, 2011 12:57 pm

    Muy buena seleccion, felicidades

  • Andrew

    November 5, 2011 12:37 pm

    Very nice images. Thanks for collating.

  • bsakemang

    November 5, 2011 12:31 pm

    Amazing pictures

  • Elena Patrice

    November 5, 2011 12:15 pm

    What a gift! Ahhh ... beautiful! Abundant thanks!

    Much kindness,

    Elena

  • Alex Bruce

    November 5, 2011 10:49 am

    These are a few shots taken in Nice this summer during a rainy day.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59689606@N08/6131094205/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59689606@N08/5977069441/in/set-72157627317336180
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59689606@N08/5977577132/in/set-72157627317336180/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59689606@N08/5978865256/in/set-72157627317336180/

  • Julian Hebbrecht

    November 5, 2011 10:42 am

    I love taking pictures in the rain. You need to protect your gear of course and there are special "raincoats" for cameras.

    Here are some of my favorite rain shots:

    http://www.pbase.com/julianht/image/123495010
    http://www.pbase.com/julianht/image/114994348
    http://www.pbase.com/julianht/image/112647703
    http://www.pbase.com/julianht/image/109263727
    http://www.pbase.com/julianht/image/84130144
    http://www.pbase.com/julianht/image/125578627

  • pratyush360

    November 5, 2011 10:30 am

    Love the rainy images. A couple from me:

    http://pratyush360.com/europe/hcb2642e#hcb2642e

    http://pratyush360.com/europe/hcb2642e#h18a6cb5b

  • Colin

    November 5, 2011 10:03 am

    Great inspiration and wonderful images!

  • Yuba City Photographers

    November 5, 2011 06:35 am

    Dashing photos!!! Makes you want to sing in the rain...

  • Nathan

    November 5, 2011 04:15 am

    truly amazing.

  • THE aSTIG @ CustomPinoyRides.com

    November 5, 2011 02:04 am

    Nice! Here's my share. Car Photography in the rainy jungle:

    http://custompinoyrides.com/2011/10/car-photography-club-september-2011-challenge-winner-wet-and-muddy-ride-by-jundio-salvador/

  • Fuzzypiggy

    November 5, 2011 12:25 am

    These had genuine atmosphere also I appreciate them more as my local area is going through wet period too!

  • ccting

    November 4, 2011 03:18 pm

    excellent. But i will never risk my gear during rain...

  • Johnp

    November 4, 2011 12:12 pm

    Thanks great images. Collections like these are great for inspiration and give us something to aim for. Please keep them coming!

  • Scottc

    November 4, 2011 10:32 am

    Love rainy days, they can be some of the best.....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4875729393/

  • Mandy

    November 4, 2011 09:19 am

    I love rainy days...

    1st ones my favourite!

  • Martin Cook

    November 4, 2011 07:33 am

    Awesome series.

    Here are three different ones of mine....not up to the mark but working on it!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinjamescook/5946214702/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinjamescook/5479536793/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinjamescook/5844317671/

  • amandaggogo

    November 4, 2011 06:03 am

    Love these images. Makes me want to go get out in the rain with the camera soon!

  • matabum

    November 4, 2011 05:01 am

    awesome collection, thanks!
    here's a portrait that i took on my cameraphone during one rainy night:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/matabum/4066600934/

  • hansi trompka

    November 4, 2011 04:17 am

    or this One...
    http://hansgemacht.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/backflip-by-ryan-doyle/

  • hansi trompka

    November 4, 2011 04:15 am

    Hi, i like this one...
    http://hansgemacht.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/ryan-doyle/

  • Keivan Zavari

    November 4, 2011 03:02 am

    wow great images...

    I also took some a month ago! kind of old, but I thought it's related.

    http://keivanzavari.com/Photography/index.php?showimage=53

  • Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Kimberly Gauthier Photography

    November 4, 2011 02:14 am

    Thanks for the inspiration for my next blog challenge. My followers will get a kick out of this and the rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest so I know what to shoot this evening!

  • Pelos Briseno

    November 4, 2011 01:52 am

    Don't know why, but I like this one a lot...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pelosbriseno/5959592641/

  • kalengirl

    November 4, 2011 01:42 am

    great selection! and the topic is perfect for me that lives in the UK where the weather is not always great but now I have more inspiration to take pictures.

  • Mei Teng

    November 4, 2011 01:41 am

    Awesome images.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    November 4, 2011 01:12 am

    Hi

    Love the images! Great work!

    Here is one after a rare rain in San Diego, California in downtown traffic

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/jumping-into-traffic/

  • ghash

    November 4, 2011 01:04 am

    this one is awesome: http://www.digart.pl/zoom/2484704/Jesie.html

  • Chathu

    November 4, 2011 12:42 am

    I ready like your this image (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5555210977_70e04bebf4_b.jpg), unfortunately i can set it as desktop background. Do you have bigger 1440*900 size or larger image.

    Thanks!

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