Rainy Day Photography with Fujifilm X-T1

As a travel photographer, you wish for good weather conditions and good light.  However, less than ideal weather is just a fact of life sometimes, you have to deal with it the best way you can.

Case in point, I spent two weeks in Taiwan in October, and during my stay there, fair weather days were few and far between. I had no choice but to shoot in the rain and try to make the best of it. 

Fortunately I had the weather resistant X-T1 with me, and I put the petal shaped lens hood on the XF 23mm to shield the lens from the rain. A lot of people are not thrilled with this lens hood, but it does a fairly decent job of keeping the lens dry. Had the weather resistant XF 35mm F2.0 been available before my trip, it would've been attached to my camera. 

I shot all the below images with the remarkable 23mm, and quite a few images were taken in Jiufen, a historic mountain town located in Northern Taiwan and a major tourist attraction. 

Once I overcame the fear of damaging my gear, I started to see the beauty in rainy scenes. The colourful umbrellas and raincoats provided striking visuals against the greyish backdrop of old town streets, and the misty condition also helped create atmospheric and moody images. 

In the end, I was able to turn a negative into a positive and most importantly, I had a good time shooting in the rain, it was quite an unique experience.  The newly released XF 35mm is now on my wishlist, and I hope Fujifilm will give us a weather resistant version of XF 23mm that is smaller and lighter in the near future, I don't mind if it's slower by a stop or two, that is a compromise I can live with.