Do you always hide yourself and your camera as soon as the first raindrops appear? Check out this photographer and model braving it for a shoot in Chicago during rain!
Just recently, we wrote about travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert also exploring Chicago during a crazy rainstorm and shooting street photographs. This time, our eye got caught by portrait photographer and YouTube content creator Manny Ortiz, who shot a model during the type of weather that makes you want to curl up under a blanket with a hot cup of coffee, not go outdoors with a camera! Kudos to Ortiz and the model, as the images produced were certainly worth getting soaking wet!
Ortiz used a simple setup of a Sony a7R III combined with a 35mm f/1.8 lens, which allows you to capture a wider scene around the model and get those lovely city buildings and streets in the background. It's not your traditional portrait lens choices, but the shots speak for themselves. Ortiz went for a moody, almost film-like look, and the lens choice certainly added to the mood without distorting the model's features.
Although the weather was rainy, the photographer added additional rain overlay textures on top of some of the images to be able to see the raindrops more clearly instead of simply wet streets around the model. Ortiz shows how he edited one of the images so you can see the subtle effect.
After seeing this video, now all you need is to find a willing model who's up for an adventure and doesn't mind getting her hair and clothes wet! And of course, let's not forget waterproof shoes.