It took me some time before I could do this exercise. It doesn't rain in Dakar from November till June and when I was in The Netherlands, they had a really dry summer! But I got back in Dakar two weeks ago, right in the middle of rainy season. So enough opportunities to think about the rain picture. I've taken a few different photos, going from the most obvious to the final image. I find that while I'm taking photographs, I get more ideas and try to push myself to go beyond what's there. So here's the sequence from obvious to the end result:
At first I took some images during the day, just to show how the water changes the scenery and the impact of the water on for example, the paint on the walls of our house! but I found the results too grayish and not really focused enough on the rain. So I thought it would be nice to shoot the rain at night, with a flash to highlight the raindrops. It took some time to realize that I had to keep the aperture low in order to show the raindrops sharpened and well lit. So I focused on an area of the wall close to me to get the right distance, then turn to the rain and flashed. In post-processed I cranked up the clarity to lighten up the droplets even more and from there on desaturated the yellow and green of the background. I think the image would work well as a cover, since it leaves ample space to add text and heading.