When I went to Sicily for a show of my work several years ago, I tacked on some time for travel so that I could shoot without interruption. The gallery owner took me on a daytrip to Taormina, a beautiful coastal town not far from where she lived. However, once we got to Taormina, it began to rain.
Even though Kodak infrared film was called High Speed, it was anything but that. I always shot at ISO 250 with a #25 red filter, which knocked the ISO down another two stops. Given the dark storm clouds, I did not have much light, but shot as much as I could before conditions made it impossible. Most of what I shot that day was as slow as 1⁄15 second—handheld.
The storm had its benefits: the town was empty. It is usually so overcrowded that it would have taken much more energy to take photos without people in the way. At the time of this photograph, I mostly was shooting landscapes and rarely included people in my images.