A smile in the rain

Last Hot on 21 Jun 2011 in Photo Challenge: Stormy Weather
Uploaded 4 Jun 2010 — 70 favorites
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© Danny Santos II
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I was standing in the middle of one of the heaviest rain I’ve shot on. As always, I was drenched from waist down and I kept my camera as close to the umbrella as possible. I’ve been waiting and shooting for about 30 minutes shooting here and there, but I haven’t really seen anything peculiar… until I saw a woman from afar wrapped with a shawl walking gracefully towards my side of the street. She just stood out from all the others who were equally rushing to shelter. It’s one of those moments when I thought “I HAVE to photograph her.”

I positioned myself in her path, crouched down, and took a series of shots until she walked past me. Later when I reviewed the shots, it was then that I realized she was smiling! She probably noticed me taking her picture. Or maybe she just really loved the summer rain. Maybe both… I’m not sure. But I knew I had a keeper.


In the Good Moments in Bad Weather photo essay.

26 responses

  • Lea Turgeon

    Lea Turgeon gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    Nice Shot!

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    beautiful image, love that she's smiling

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2010):


  • Orlando Emmanuelli

    Orlando Emmanuelli gave props (5 Jun 2010):

    this shot is quite perfect. really beautifyl light and scene.

  • timothy wombold

    timothy wombold gave props (10 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful photo

  • Jules or Jane

    Jules or Jane gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    makes the stormy situation a lot brighter.. kudos!

  • Effy B.

    Effy B. said (14 Jun 2010):

    Stunning shot!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (30 Jun 2010):


  • Bunny Safari

    Bunny Safari said (30 Jun 2010):

    Wow, even I can practically feel the rain in this great image! Bravo for stepping out of your comfort zone.

  • Cee Matos

    Cee Matos said (16 Sep 2010):


  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (21 Dec 2010):

    brilliant and so well done - love!

  • Karen Lee Lewis

    Karen Lee Lewis gave props (28 Dec 2010):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (29 Dec 2010):

    love this!

  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (30 Dec 2010):

    Lovely shot!

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings said (20 Jan 2011):

    You have caught a complex situation without being complicated. You haven't been tempted to include too much. I like the isolation of the figure advancing when all others are retreating. Congratualtions.

  • Katerina Shmidt

    Katerina Shmidt said (26 Jan 2011):


  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    What a great idea, to capture folks in situations they would otherwise be uncomfortable (excepting the risk to the camera :) Beautiful action shot.

  • Jodi Sloboda

    Jodi Sloboda gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    I am loving this entire essay...wonderful! Love her smile.

  • vonAsh

    vonAsh gave props (21 May 2011):

    Impressive shot! Awesome!

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (22 May 2011):

    fabulous shot!

  • Novak Nastasić

    Novak Nastasić gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Amazing capture!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (28 Dec 2011):

    Very good shot!

  • Inigo Sinson

    Inigo Sinson gave props (29 May 2012):

    Wonderful work!! Truly inspiring!

  • Toby Morrison (JPG Admin)

    Toby Morrison (JPG Admin)   said (17 Jun 2015):

    Fantastic capture A+++

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jun 2015):

    Congrats on inspiring JPG's Strut Your Stuff theme!

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