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09-21-2005, 01:58 PM
It rained today
and it looked so beautiful that I couldn't help myself and took a few shoots.
Well, the thing is they didn't turn out as I've expected. I don't know, it's all about this feeling of "wetness" and I can't seem to capture it. Any tricks anyone? Maybe you know some good photos of rain or something?

Here's what I've got:

http://static.flickr.com/33/45362060_a652c79c49.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/33/45362060_a652c79c49_o.jpg)

http://static.flickr.com/30/45362062_6363fb30cc.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/30/45362062_6363fb30cc_o.jpg)

09-24-2005, 04:54 AM
They seem pretty good to me. I think caputuring rain is something everyone seems to find difficult. People seem to tend to either go down the 'freeze the raindrops with fast shutter speed route' or the 'long shutterspeed rain in motion look'. Your first one seems pretty wet too me. I guess you just need to experiment and see waht works for you.

10-17-2005, 10:56 AM

10-17-2005, 11:30 AM
use a powerful flash in low light maybe?

nice shots!

10-28-2005, 07:17 PM
that monk shot is stunning

10-30-2005, 06:28 PM
His whole blog is ffantasmic.

12-15-2005, 06:50 AM
low shutter speed, anything below 1/25 second will give you the nice streak you're looking for, also a powerful flash or light source coming from the side of the rain, like a street lamp -of course that's night condition- will do miracles

erm, experiment in the shower, I know it sounds bad, but it really helps :)

I'll dig some of my old pics and share

Big Up Ya
12-19-2005, 12:12 PM
What you see in a rain drop in a photo is not really the water but the reflection in the water and it's highlights. It's all about lighting AND composition.

In a landscape your image can't be too backlit unless you have something in the background darker than it. Generally speaking with the Zone System anything over two and a half stops beyond your highlight is going to loose detail. So you're going to have to create contrast with compostion to create a difference. With water in an out doors environment, it's going to be the highlight that defines it. So something backlit without something dark behind it isn't going to work. Also the light can't be too low to keep a shutter speed quick enough to freeze a rain drop. I think anything lower than a 60th is just going to blur it out vision. You can't really use a fast grainy film, or camera setting unless the rain drop is going to be bigger than the grain or noise it's self.

Generally speaking you need to have a background that is darker than the subject for the highlights to be visable. Anything at least 1.5 stops or lower would be good. To give you an idea in your first image, where you can see the rain over the top of the darker part of the building in the background is about 2.5 stops lower than the made exposure. The contrast of the rain has been made by the backlighting on the rain. Your first image works best for this reason. And your second image not as well for the same reason. It's just about composing your image and finding something to include in the image to create that contrast. ie trees buildings etc.

Obviously speaking also it has to be big enough in the frame to see. If you're shooting a landscape with a wide angle the drops have to be well close to see them. ANything past a couple of meters at a stretch aint going to show.

If your going to use flash your background needs to be far enough from the rain to be receiving around 2 stops less light AND creating a highlight on the rain.


12-30-2005, 11:14 PM
Came across this Jack Johnson album cover today...



12-31-2005, 01:56 AM
but doesn't that look like he was standing in studio? I don't know if you could recreate that in real life.

But is is an amazing shot, nonetheless.

12-31-2005, 09:16 AM
but doesn't that look like he was standing in studio?

Yeh, definately a studio shot, the rain is too perfect and dense.

Would be fun to try, in the bath :p

Big Up Ya
01-04-2006, 12:03 PM
That's natural light.

It's very easy to "create" rain!

01-04-2006, 12:22 PM


01-12-2006, 04:48 PM
im sure i heard a while back that some studios use milk when trying to photo graph water or at least water and milk to make it a bit whiter and less clear.

possably what that album cover is

01-12-2006, 06:48 PM
im sure i heard a while back that some studios use milk when trying to photo graph water or at least water and milk to make it a bit whiter and less clear.

possably what that album cover is

yes that's true, another possibility, use dettol, when mixed with little amounts with water it turns milky white, it's advantage over milk, is it doesn't go bad, and you don't need as much milk to keep around, a small bottle will turn a bath-tub full of water to milky color, but the smell :(