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Taking photo's of rain

Unread post by p@m » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:57 pm

OK, before you all bend double with laughter -- this is a serious question :lol:

It started with Sprocky asking (on the weather thread in Chit Chat) for someone to post a picture of rain as the Phalaboramites have forgotten what it looks like :evil:

As we've had more than our fair share this winter -- and continue to have more -- thought it would be no big deal.
Ha :evil:

So what do you do -- how do you focus on rain ?
If you focus on "something" the rain disappears.
A higher aperture no helps some, but quickly goes to over-exposed.
Hubby had some luck on manual with a very blurred back-ground.
Or do you put the lens on manual ?

Some ideas would be great -- and I'm sure there are many ways to skin this cat :lol:

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Re: Taking photo's of rain

Unread post by bert » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:19 pm

1) Never on auto-focus :twisted:
2) Always have a background like trees for eg. Or a bigger object in the image.
Only sleet of rain is difficult to capture. And can be dull
But with a frozen object you create the movement of falling rain
I always use aperapture 22. Try to get the time for 1 second or more.
Its difficult. Try to capture a grey or stripes. Time to experiment :thumbs_up:
Tried my hand during a shower at Sunset
Could be better but i believe the tree,bush and white bird are important to
create the effect of rain.
Image

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Re: Taking photo's of rain

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:43 pm

Rain is quite hard to photograph...

A long(er) exposure may work, but you often need 'attributes'. Like a puddle showing the rain, or animals huddling. Otherwise it'll just be grey.

What can work is a little more technical, the above photo, but with a flash on the second curtain. That'll bring out (and freeze) the drops nearest to you. You'd need to set focus fairly near though, with a large aperture for background.

:hmz: Interesting question, in the right season. I may try my hand at it actually! ;)
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

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Re: Taking photo's of rain

Unread post by Sprocky » Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:48 am

Jeez, I used to know how to do this when we still had rain but that was long ago. :twisted:

DuQues advice is quite good, but all depends on what your final image must look like. If you want long lines of rain, easy just shoot and change exposures until you get it right, remember to manual focus. If you want to see the drops and your camera can do it, shoot on high speed flash sync. This will also take some experimenting for each individual situation but I feel it gives a better image of the rain. :wink:

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Re: Taking photo's of rain

Unread post by OzNes » Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:50 pm

Slow shutter will blurr the rain.

I would go for a fast shutter f9.5, just enough to get the foreground which will have rain drops on focus. The background definitely unfocused to emphasize on the tiny droplets.

Question is where would u be, in the rain or behind a window or in an ambrella? :huh:

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Re: Taking photo's of rain

Unread post by bert » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:23 pm

Out in the rain with a raincover for the camera and a rainsuit :thumbs_up:


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