Rain Man

Smoking old Man holding an umbrella and walking through the rain
Rain Man | Portland | 2019

When exiting the Portland Art Museum the other day, this guy just passed me on the sidewalk. With his looks and all this gesture going on, how could I not take a street portrait of him. He was my Rain Man.

So I pulled my Olympus out of my backpack, passed him walking very fast while readying the camera. When I had gained a few yards on him, I turned around, lifted the camera to my eye and squeezed of a couple shots. Rain Man took my interest in him very cool, and I thanked him with a big smile.

A snapshot form the life of a street photographer. The image was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4 Pro Zoom. Image specs are 1/200 sec @ f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm.

Wish you a great Monday!


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  1. Interesting to read how you took the shot, Marcus. 🙂 This photo shows so much of the subject’s character in that fleeting moment. Love it! <3

  2. I’m glad you described how you took this. Great subject! I love street photography but don’t know that I have the chutzpah to pull off your modus operandi here! Kudos. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Julie, appreciate your feedback. Just try it, it is so much easier than you think! Especially people like this guy, who take so much care in their appearance, they generally appreciate when someone takes note of them, even a photographer! And the more extrovert they look the likelier it is that they don’t mind at all! Marcus

  3. Spontaneous and great photograph! This man has a great character and you were able to capture it so wonderfully.
    All the best to you!

    1. No bravery needed, Andy! The more extrovert/fancier people dress the likelier it is that they don’t mind at all someone noticing them or even taking a picture of them. This is why the do it in the first place. My experience is that the scarier people look, the more fun it is interacting with them. Try it! Marcus

  4. Isn’t it wonderful to encounter a character like this one who just exudes personality? Wonderful capture, Marcus.

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