I was crazy enough to go out and shoot during the first string of “The Nino” last Tuesday, before the storm tied America’s finest city and its wary inhabitants into one frazzled, chaotic knot. I understand that rain could be a dangerous element to work with, especially when secondary accessories(umbrella/raincoat) aren’t sufficient enough to keep you completely dry against a torrential downpour and 15 mph winds, blowing said umbrella, inside out like Pixar. But here in SoCal, where heavy rainfall pays sporadic visits annually, it was a risk worth taking. Rain photography consumes more energy as well, especially during El Nino: The wind becomes your nemesis and sabotages your efforts to stay composed, you must distance yourself from ideal ground-level shots due to potential water damage from the splashes of passing cars and pedestrians, and your subjects scramble all over the place like inexperienced, uncooperative actors in a terrible film production, and you’re the novice director struggling to get at least a few decent shots together. Most of the images you imagine just never hit the lens, and the constant change in direction results in an unsatisfactory series of near-misses. Others occur by plenty of patience, with the target in the center, or pure happenstance. Also, flash floods are no joke.

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