Anyone who’s ever been thwarted by rainy days on holiday will know the frustrations therein. If you’re an avid photographer then your frustrations would be twice that.
Here’s a little trick I picked up from a couple of photographers a long time ago. If you own an SLR or DSLR camera, simply walk into your hotel room ensuite and grab the free shower cap. Slowly make a hole only just large enough for your lens to peep through. Then cover the rest of the camera with the shower cap. If you have a lens hood all the better as this will help hold the shower cap in place. All this, however, is an average solution at best if it’s pelting down and/or windy.
A better solution came to me by accident, but it does involve investing in more equipment.
I recently purchased a Canon IXUS 125 HS compact camera mainly as a replacement for my 50D for when I don’t particularly want to be carrying a huge camera with me. It takes 16.1Mpixel images, full HD movies and is tiny. I later found out there was a waterproof case (WPDC 330L) available for the IXUS, designed specifically for underwater photography. Why not then, I reasoned, can’t this also be used for rainy situations?
I tested my theory out in Vietnam a few months ago and it worked a treat. Whilst the low light of a rainy day will always make your shots grainy, at least you will have some shots. Ironically I have yet to test its underwater capabilities.