Raining to death

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The sales people for the Olympus camera I was using in Venice make a big deal about its weather sealing. I’m always cynical about marketing claims, so when I found myself by the Ospedale Civile and as Italians (apparently) say it started “piove da morire” (raining to death), I gave this claim a real world test. These are a couple of the snaps I took during the deluge.

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The camera fared a lot better than the flimsy coat I was wearing, so I took shelter in a barn like structure covering an alleyway and took this photo of some bemused looking newly arrived tourists.

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One local wasn’t letting the rain stop his lunch time run.

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I’ve got to say it wasn’t all hype. The Olympus camera continued to work, it’s just a shame the photographer had to call it a day after getting soaked through to the skin.

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All photographs © all rights reserved Miles Pilling

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4 comments on “Raining to death

    • You get real weather in Venice don’t you. The thunderstorms are great fun. Thanks for the compliment. The camera is an Olympus OMD EM1 with a 12-40mm f2.8 lens. It’s a mirrorless camera which is a godsend because it’s so much lighter than an SLR.

      • Wow, I am so envious that you’re not carting an SLR around – by the end of the day photographing I’m about ready to ditch mine in the canal but its 4-5 years old now so a dinosaur!! I will have to check the Olympus out as I’m very impressed by your pics! And fingers crossed we’re done with the epic thunderstorms for this year – the last one brought masonry down on my street as the hailstones were the size of olives!!!!! Keep the wonderful photos coming!

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