This was another interesting exercise, in that we were given a specific topic, rain,  and had to find an interesting and attractive way of depicting it.  I started by brainstorming some of the options, bearing in mind that we had been advised not to go for the obvious and that we need not necessarily have rain to be able to take the pictures.  Just as well because when I took the pictures, we hadn’t had any rain for weeks.   So how could I depict rain?  Puddles, natural or man-made; photo taken out of a rain splashed window, could use a hose if need be; raindrops on leaves or flowers, but I have used this lots of times already.

umbrellas drying off after the rain

In the end I decided to play around with sprinkling water over open umbrellas on a tiled floor to give the impression that they drying out, having just come in from the rain.  I tried to think about the composition for this one, close in on the umbrellas, the triangular shape of the umbrellas and the tiles and the reflections on the wet floor.

Raindrops on an umbrella

For the second image, I focused on one umbrella only and the droplets of rain on the fabric.  I’m not sure about ‘attractive’ or how successful this would be as a magazine cover but I tried to keep it simple as advised and again used symbols to illustrate the subject, I definately think the first one is the better of the two.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010 and wanting to take photography further, I enrolled on the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I thoroughly enjoyed. Next came Digital Photographic Practice followed by People and Place. In April 2016 I progressed to level two with Documentary and in June 2018 enrolled on my latest OCA course, Landscape.
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