Make the portrait of a stranger

Portrait of a Stranger
1/80 sec | f/2 | ISO 200 | 25mm

The Oregonians call their rain “liquid sunshine”. And true Portlandians refuse to carry an umbrella. This is different on the Streets of Nuremberg, especially on a day like today, where it felt like breathing pure water when outside.

But the pouring rain is also an easy subject to get into small talk with a visiting tourist. Before asking if I could make their portrait. The request was of course approved with a smile. And gratefully acknowledged by the photographer with a smile. It’s easy – try it!

For tips and inspirations around street photography check out my free Learning Center. Then take your camera, go out in the streets and shoot! Make the portrait of a stranger!

Have a great Wednesday!


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  1. That’s a very cool portrait. I think of rain as liquid dirt since it washes all the dirt out of the air or at least, that’s what I heard a while back. Or maybe I’ve been out in the sun too long. Haha.

  2. Very lovely portrait, Marcus. As a native Floridian, I never carried an umbrella. Most storms pass in 10 minutes. However, here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the rain can last an entire day so I’ve learned to have an umbrella handy. 🙂

  3. I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and very interesting blog. I’ll come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.

  4. Haha that’s so true! We moved to Portland a few years ago and heard a cashier poking fun of someone holding an umbrella. It was so silly!

  5. I think street portraits are an under-rated genre of street photography. This is a beautiful image, a smile is always the best way to be given consent.

  6. I love this idea. Great shot. I like your blog and the tips you share. I don’t have a DSLR, nor do I live in a city, but I find street photography interesting.

  7. I’m from Manchester U.K. but live 20 miles outside the City now but venture in at least once a week. I do like Street Photography in the rain but only now and then, mainly as my camera isn’t weather sealed and those plastic covers are not very inconspicuous for Street Photography

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated! My Olympus is weather sealed, but when I shoot with my little Ricoh GR I just shoot from under an umbrella myself. Marcus

  8. She looks happy to be photographed. Was there any conversation before the shutter button was clicked? 🤣👍. Please spend some time to visit my new post. Thanks!

  9. You always have great photos. I am not a very good photography so I appreciate the talent of people who can do it well. We called it “liquid sunshine” in Seattle, also. You could tell who grew up in Seattle (mostly) from those who didn’t: True Seattleites don’t bother to use an umbrella to walk from the parking lot to the store entrance.

  10. It’s not really that us Pacific Northwesterners refuse to use umbrellas, it’s just that if it is raining hard enough to matter, it is usually windy enough to make an umbrella useless… 😉

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