A Hard Rain, San Francisco


“And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it

And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it

Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’

But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall”

~Bob Dylan


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

A Hard Rain


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

Rainy Day Walk


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

Puddles, Crissy


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

Torpedo Wharf, Presidio


“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”

~Roger Miller


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

Walk in the Rain


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

City Rain


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

Fort Point


“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

~Langston Hughes


Rain, Monochrome, Black and White, Landscapes, Photography, San Francisco, California, Golden Gate Bridge, Noir, Fujifilm X-T2,

Eucalyptus in Rain, Presidio




These images were made with my Fujifilm X-T2 in Acros film simulation and the Fujinon 35mm f/2 prime lens which, fortunately, is known for its weather resistance.ย 





Categories: Black and White, City Scenes, Landscapes, Photography, Portraits, Street Photography, Travel, Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Your photos testify to high class! I love them, especially the first, second, fifth and last one. But they are all good!
    Warm regards, Heidi

  2. Love these beautiful captures, Jane!

  3. Rain can create magic with photos. And it’s perfect for black and white rendering, as these images show. It’s a lovely series of photos, full of atmosphere and tactile wetness.

    • Hi Otto, How nice to read your reaction to this series– thanks very much. It was one of those times where luck played a role– I was astounded to find people walking in this torrential rainstorm. Glad you enjoyed them– it was an exciting day of photography.

  4. Great! Wonderful! Magnificant! I love these pictures! Each of them!
    Sunny winter greetings from Berlin, Daniel

  5. Moody & beautiful. The first & the City Rain are my favs.
    I always liked another rain shot you did some time ago – I think you were driving on the bridge & used your cell phone. .. Droplets & a piece of the bridge. Minimal but really interesting.
    Thanks for getting out there & sharing this rainy day shots with us !

    • Hi Diane,
      So glad you like these. And, that you remember that bridge and rain shot. I had a monochrome version ready for this post and decided it didnโ€™t quite fit in the series, but it is a favorite. Thank you for enjoying these and remembering that one!

  6. You had the right tools for the job, Jane, and a good thing that was! I love your opening shot, and the Eucalyptus trees. I know we need the rain, but oh, it can get dreary….the sun just came out, I should make tracks!

  7. Excellent mood in these captures ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I got poison oak in San Francisco – would love to see a photo retrospective of rashes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Wonderfully moody shots Jane and I also love the words here.

  10. Lovely images and they work well in B&W. (Suzanne)

  11. Such an inspiring gallery Jane; the beauty monochrome with each one telling a story ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Wow! These images are amazing. Theyโ€™re dreamy, clean but crisp! Nice work ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  13. Lovely monochromes. ๐Ÿ’™

  14. That is just awesome Jane, how you made a rainy day become so beautiful.

  15. Jane, even your “gray day”, “weather not cooperating” images are truly beautiful.
    Such a wonderful mood in each one of these.

  16. You prove with your pictures that rain can be something beautiful! Thank you and greetings.

  17. You got some serious rain, Jane. Lovely shots, they look great in b&w!

  18. I love the photo in the Presidio, Jane. Such beautiful shades of grey from white to black.

  19. Loved the mood of this post. Dylan’s lyrics set the stage. Especially liked the light you captured in the eucalyptus photo.

  20. What a great quote – some people walk in the rain, others get wet. I love the rain, just not the freezing kind.

  21. Great images Jane. I love the mood. A Hard Rain is just fantastic.

  22. In this case, very important to have gear that can stand up to the elements!

  23. A Hard Rain lands on the top of the ratings list for me. The angle of the umbrella nicely fits with the angle of the Headlands hills in the background. Then you add the lines in the building, pier and the bridge cables and they all drive your eye to the umbrella and the person carrying it. Jane, I hope you didn’t get too wet waiting for him to walk by.

    • Thanks, Tim. That was such a serendipitous moment. I had just arrived and had barely gotten my settings right and he whisked by- I only got one shot and he was gone into the Warming Hut. Happened so fast!
      That is a terrific observation about the umbrella and headlands. Now you know, I didn’t plan it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate your kind thoughts. It was an exciting morning of rainy day moments.

  24. These are absolutely stunning Jane! wow. They are perfect too in black and white. Gorgeous collection!

  25. I love this series by the feelings it conveys.
    I compare it with a good jazz concert, where every note, every musical put us in contact with the magical world of creativity.

  26. So good to see images of my favorite city. Clearly, you are one who walks in the rain. (And doesn’t just get wet.)

  27. Ah, yes, a waterproof camera and lens is definitely a necessity in this type of weather. Brilliant images of an area of San Fran I know. The first image though is very much my favourite.

  28. Really enjoyed the whole series. The black and white gives you a real feel for a rainy day. Good work!

  29. Jane, love this post. The dark, wet, and moody scenes really called for the b-w treatment. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorites are the last 3, especially the raindrops on the window, “City Rain.”

  30. Great shots Jane, especially the first one……very nice indeed.

  31. Una Serie Impresionante, Todos Los Dรญas Con Lluvia Tienen Un Encanto Especial. Un Saludo.

  32. oh my…I add my voice to the chorus of admirers.

  33. Gorgeous moodiness…rainy days is only good for farmers and photographers ;-D Love them all, but my favorite is the first one!

  34. I would love some of that glorious rain over here Jane. It has been long days of hot sun and scorching strong winds no rain in sight. Your photos were mana to my gardening soul

    • Hi Pauline, I have been reading about your extreme temps. So sorry. Your plants must be suffering along with you. Glad I brought the feeling of rain to you and that you enjoyed the series. Thank you and stay as cool as possible!

  35. Amazing BW series of rainy shots, Jane. Hard to pick a favourite. That Fujinon lens does seem very much weather resistant. I’ve always hesitated shooting in the wet because well, my gear is not water proof and the thought of any water dropping on my lens horrifies me ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you didn’t get too wet taking all of these shots. Maybe you shot from under shade or an umbrella ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Stunning images, Jane. Like the first one most. Good to see you like the Fuji. My X-T1 starts to look used by now. But it will retire with me. Like the title of your post too. Happy days. Reinhold

  37. Had to chuckle at the plug you gave Fujifilm for weather resistance! Or was that meant for the lens? Great, marvelous moody images of one of my favorite sites. Keep ’em coming! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hi Gunta, And I’m not even a Fuji ambassador…yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ The f/2 X series lenses are touted as that. I had an umbrella so I didn’t put it to an extreme test. Pleased you like my rainy day– you must be pretty used to them in your neck of the woods.Thanks so much and hope you had a great weekend!

      • I love rainy weather as long as you’re dressed for it. Though I’ll admit that last winter was a bit much since we didn’t have many of the gorgeous days between the storms. Oddly or counterintuitively it often gets warmer when we have rain. They’ve named it the Pineapple Express apparently when the moisture driven winds come out of Hawaii. Some of our coldest nasty winds seem to come down out of Alaska in the summertime. The tourists are not happy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. Just love A Hard Rain, but have to say A Walk in the Rain makes me nervous. Those people look vulnerable donโ€™t they! Very nice in the black and white!

    • Thanks, Sharon. I think it’s the angle which makes the wharf look narrow– good observation! Glad you agree they work well in black and white– it was a fairly colorless day. Happy New Year in your new home!

  39. Wonderful Jane! I especially love the first one and Fort Point.

  40. Rain provides a good photographer some great pictures. Love ’em.

  41. such a fun take on the rain theme – images and words….
    and my two favorite images of the post are the Eucalyptus and city rain.
    and then the quotes, well the Langston Hughes ones reminds me of perspective and how you were reminding us of ours….

  42. Nice, moody series, Jane. I esp. like the foggy forest.

  43. As always you have excelled in your ability to capture the micro second of the mood the rain has given you to give to us

  44. Nice photos, but nasty weather. We lived right by those eucalyptus on the Presidio. I hated the smell!

    • Hi Linda, It really was quite serene and amazing. Funny that you don’t like the smell of eucalyptus- you must have been tortured, it’s so strong at times. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the photos, thanks!

  45. Never been a rainy day girl but you sure gave me a new perspective ! Great shots

  46. fabulous black/white creations! Thanks for sharing with us!

  47. I love these…I find them SO calming….and mysterious…..especially liking ‘a hard rain’๐Ÿ‘

  48. Lovely rainy day photos. Black and white enhances the raininess. I can hear and see a number of stories in ‘A Hard Rain’. I enjoy the curiosity of who, where and why. I also like ‘Fort Point’, the way my eye travels out to the open space and returns to the water flowing out of the wall. The rhythm of traveling between the known, tangible present and the unknown fog in the distance. A pleasant flow between these two spaces.

  49. A beautiful set. It’s more Manchester than San Fran. Thank goodness for the weather-resistant lens!

  50. terrific shots Jane, very atmospheric. Good to see SF getting much needed moisture! Maybe Santa brought u some new glass, no ?

    • Thank you, Tina. It was a super monochrome day and yes, much needed rain.
      When you were asking me about the Fuji, you may have forgotten that I mentioned I got this 35 f/2 last fall. Great lens. Very compact with great clarity. Looking at the 90mm in this series, too. BTW, the film simulations like Acros, are really nice on the X-T2.

  51. Cudos to you for braving the rain! Great shots!

    Sent from my iPad


  52. hi jane wonderful pictures my favorite is the first one.
    greetings robert

  53. Great shots, Jane! The B&W sure conveys the appropriate mood and context. A Hard Rain is my favorite, with City and Eucalyptus close seconds.

  54. Absolutely love that first one, Jane. And Walk in the Rain. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I always loved Bobby too.

  55. Great moody shots Jane ๐Ÿ™‚ Isnโ€™t it nice to have a weatherproof camera and lens ?

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