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Old Apr 16, 2006, 6:30 PM   #1
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Another raining day in Northern California. So, I decided to take advantage of it and photographthe rain falling on my pool. I took many shots and after cropping a few of them to emphasize the effect of theraindrops on the water,I chose to postthis one.
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 6:52 PM   #2
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I like it very much. Nice color and texture,
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 6:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comments, tigerwings1st. Glad you liked it!
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 7:45 PM   #4
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Very nice.

Has a wonderful mesmerizing appearance.
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 8:38 PM   #5
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Thanks, buddhasghost! This is one of those shotsthat you can't picture the results until you download the image and play with it.
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 9:23 PM   #6
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Tullio,

Science aside for a moment (waves, interference patters, etc) this is a beautiful shot. I've tried several timesto get raindrops fallinginto a puddle but unsuccessfully. Partof the problem is the low lighting conditionsduring rainfall require slow shutter speeds and large apertures. Both of which tend to work against getting a sharply defined wave pattern.

Any tips or is this serendipity?

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Thanks for the comments, selvin. I think the difference is that a puddle usually sits ondark surfaces (street pavement, concrete, dirt). Consequently, there is no light coming from underneath making it almost impossible (as you experienced) to collect water patterns. My pool is 10 ft deep and it has a white bottom. Although the weather was overcast (obviously), there was enough light reflecting from the bottom of the pool upward,allowing thewaves formed by the raindrops to become veryvisible. Now, as I moved toward the deep end of the pool, less light reached the bottom andthe patterns became muchless distinguishable. The waves collided too much making the image very busy (see below).Add another10 feetand the patterns wouldprobably be gone altogether.As far as camera settings go, the only trick I used was a little leaf I threwin the poolso thatthe camera had something to focus on. I cropped it out because it was a bit distracting. I did not have to do anything else. I had the camera set to P and let it do the rest.
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