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Filthy Day Friday

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I was street shooting in the Massachusetts town of Brookline this morning. It was one of those rainy, raw, and windy days when everybody was bundled up just trying to stay dry.

Nobody had a camera out unless it had some kind of weatherproofing. Since I did have such an instrument, I was able to take a few photographs like the one above. The only minor problem was the water drops on my lens. However, upon reflection, they probably add to the atmosphere of the shot.

Stage Set Rain Storm

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Today was one of those days when the soaking rain was predicted to never stop. On my way back from the gym, carrying my little Ricoh GR in my pocket to keep it from getting wet, I spied, striding towards me, this big lady dressed rather sparingly on the top, carrying a little pink umbrella. In spite of the very wet weather, taking her photograph quickly became a priority. It turned out that risking a wet camera was worth the effort because the puddles she was walking through and the empty cloud shrouded vista in back of her gave the whole scene a rather nice painterly feeling.

April Fools Day In Boston

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Yes it’s now April and yes that’s a lot of slushy wet snow coming down. I thought I was going to go for a walk and take a bunch photographs of miserable people trying to stay dry and not fall down, but the truth is I only managed to stay out for less than 15 minutes. Why? Look at this picture. It’s of an almost deserted Beacon Street with one, no doubt, soaked pedestrian crossing it. That shot, in a nutshell, sums up today.

Rainy Day Boston

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There is one benefit to being out with a camera in the rain, nobody really notices you. They’re too busy trying to stay dry.

It Was That Kind of Day

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With photography you can sometimes tell a story better using less visual information. Today while I was trudging down a street in Cambridge on an errand, it was raining pretty hard. There were lots of people on the sidewalk all bundled up in rain gear many clutching umbrellas.

After taking a lot of shots of of wet folks slogging along and not getting a decent picture, it occurred to me that the vast puddles on the sidewalk might better tell what kind of day it was.

Pouring

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Trudging back up Beacon Hill just now, the rain was coming down in sheets. Taking a photograph in these conditions is more a matter of luck than skill. There is fun thing about this image. If you looking quickly at the figure under the umbrella in the foreground you could easily assume his/her direction of travel us uphill. But look closely at the figure’s feet. The person is┬ácoming down.

Rainy, Wet Sidewalks

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The sun sinks, rain pelts down and the sidewalks run blood and gold.

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