The idea ...
I'd watched some tutorials on YouTube about back-lighting rain, and a great video by wedding photographer Jason Lanier as he photographed a couple in the rain (see link below).
So at a recent shoot with the lovely model Vicki in Litthampton, the opportunity arose to try to create something similar.
The set up ....
I had two Nikon flash units behind Vicky activated via remote triggers.
One flash was directly behind Vicki's head, the other just off to the side to back-light more of the water.
For the rain we used a hose pipe spraying water onto the roof of the wooden stables just behind Vicki. It was very hit and miss so we just kept shooting until Vicki was too cold and covered in goosebumps! We did manage to get a few images that we were very happy with though.
Trial and Error ...
We experimented with having Vicki behind, and in front of the water, and we got much better results when she was in front. Given more time, I'd have tried different shutter speeds and positioning of the lights to see how that could have changed things. It was a great to try it out, and and next time will be even better ... I just need a volunteer:)
Model Vicki can be found on Purple Port here ....
Jason Lanier workshop in the rain