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  • Falling rain at different shutter speeds.

    Inspired from by a question in the forums.

    "How to capture real rain drops as they fall".

    There are some examples of rain captured at 1/640 & 1/320 in that thread.

    Here are some more to give you an idea of what to expect at different shutter speeds.
    It was moderate rain (you wouldn't want to go out in it)
    Larger opics can be seen on my Flikcr stream.

    (1) @ 1/200 second.

    Rain @ 1/200

    1/100 can be seen here.
    Rain @ 1/100 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    (2) @ 1/50 second
    Rain @ 1/50

    (3) @ 1/25 second.
    Rain @ 1/25

    At 1/13 second the individual drops are starting to disappear.
    Rain @ 1/13 (starting to dissapear) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    (4) @ 1/6 second - all gone.
    Rain @ 1/6 (disapeared)

    Thanks for looking and feel free to ask any questions.

    Flickr stream.

  • #2
    Did you balance shutter speed with aperture? Apart from the disappearing raindrops, you increasingly see the details of the brickwork as you work through the series.

    To my mind, the first one is the best result for this scene - the challenge comes if you need a wider depth of field but still want to capture the rain.

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    • #3
      The aperture was varied (f4 on the 1/200 shot to F/32 on the 1/6 shot), the ISO was constant 1600, to keep the exposure constant. They were all shot @ 200mm on a 1.6 crop camera (the final images were also cropped)

      I agree you are going to run into real problems for short streaks (high shutter speed) along with a lot of DOF (small aperture) as there is not a lot of light when it it is raining.
      Shooting wider would help.

      Possibly using a P&S would do also the trick if high ISO noise is not a problem. I amy run more experiments, depending on the weather.
      Last edited by RichardTaylor; 04-28-2011, 01:20 PM.
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      • #4
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        • #5
          Thank you.
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