Last edited by arith; 26th September 2012 at 10:15 AM.
One way to depict rain is to use a shutter speed that is slow enough that streaks of rain appear in the image. Based on my very limited experience, they begin to show up at about 1/80 if there is a dark background behind the rain. EDIT: As Dave points out below, I should add that that's using a 35mm lens on a camera with a 1.5 crop factor.
Last edited by Mike Buckley; 26th September 2012 at 10:43 AM.
Mike's suggestion of showing against a dark background is the key, of course the background can be light too, as long as the raindrops are illuminated brighter themselves, such as in vehicle headlights. I haven't tried, but perhaps a subtle amount of fill flash might illuminate the nearer ones.
Using a long focal length can help, the maginification means that the drops turn to streaks at slower shutter speeds, here's a single sunlit rain drop at 1/250s.
Nikon D5000 + Nikon 70-300mm VR: 300mm, 1/250s, f/8, iso1600 (175-33869)
This coming Saturday is supposed to be nice I hear
Although that'll probably change
Last edited by Dave Humphries; 4th April 2013 at 06:39 PM. Reason: correct error
That's a great picture Dave, and cheers Mike. It's cold as well here Dave.
I had a few experiments of shooting rain in my Project 52 thread - Week 35 Project 52 by Geoff F
Mostly doing similar things to what Mike suggested. Getting a suitable plain background seems to help the rain drops to show up better.
A quick search for rain images on the Web seems to lead mainly to shots of things or people in the rain, rather than showing the actual falling rain.
The nearest I have managed to produce is from an attempt to photograph a farm gate in heavy rain during last year. So the following messy image is from my hand-held shot, taken through the wet car window, against the light - I assume the white streaks are falling raindrops, which I guess would each move a foot or two during the 1/50s exposure? -
There surely must be some members who have done this sort of thing effectively?
One good way is to photgraph something that shows the rain, i.e water,puddles etc then use a noise layer then motion blur to symulate the rain.
Last edited by FrankMi; 26th September 2012 at 07:37 PM.
That second shot isn't too obvious, Frank. The rain is no more obvious than the greenery, which in my mind is as it should be. Very nicely done!
.I had a few experiments of shooting rain in my Project 52 thread - Week 35 Project 52 by Geoff F
Mostly doing similar things to what Mike suggested. Getting a suitable plain background seems to help the rain drops to show up better
I like the idea of using a flash Geoff, it looks like light direction might be important.
If the foreground area of your image had been in focus, I think the rain would have been more apparent. It's not lost on me that that might have resulted in a less pleasing image.
I think your right though Mike, nothing would be lost if I focused on the forground.
Usually we just cut and run when foul weather moves in. But what if we either stuck it out (with the proper precautions of course) and looked for the shot that made effective use of the weather? OR - planned in advance to get a particular shot when the weather becomes appropriate? We might just find ourselves praying for a deluge rather than hulking down to quietly grumble!
Not being one to have a previously composed scene in mind for these occasions, I do keep a rain sleeve for my camera handy so that I can hunt down the unusual shot should the weather provide the opportunity.
I also tend to think about bad weather more as a stroke of luck for getting a dramatic shot than as an ‘oh crap’ event!