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Old Jul 15, 2005, 3:31 PM   #1
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So I was on my lunch break today taking a few shots with my FZ20 of some birds and things at a local park. Suddenly it started to rain, soft at first, then much more steadily. It was a nice, quiet rain, not huge drops - it was "movie rain"

I wanted to capture some falling, frozen in the air. I knew I'd need to bump my shutter speed up, but I couldn't get it past 1/250 or so without the image being totally black. I tried ISO 400 with max EV compensation as well, with no luck. 1/250 is still too slow, it's just a blur. I think 1/2000 would be great, but I haven't any idea how to capture that quick of a shot with this cam.

Does anyone ever even use 1/2000? I can't imagine there ever being enough light for it to expose properly, with this cam at least... :?
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 8:16 PM   #2
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1/2000 is perfectly usable, in bright light. on a dark, cloudy day, the camera will never select that shutter speed at any aperture. the only way to get there is to use manual mode, set the shutter for 1/1000 (should be plenty fast enough), aperture for f4 or so, and hope you can brighten the image enougg in PP to make it worthwhile. sorta like "push" processing with film... you canforce the cam to take a picture it doesn't want to, but the results are less than optimal.
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 9:37 PM   #3
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" The Best Way to Capture Rain?"

Personally, I prefer a bucket, but I understand that a barrel works well too :lol:
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Old Jul 16, 2005, 3:19 PM   #4
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Hum never tried to catch rain before :-) but we finally got some "strum clods" and a fairly heavy downpour today :!:
So I made some arm-chair attempts:

The 3 best follow:

Data for all images is
Rain_statues EOS 20D: 1/160 @ F4.0, ISO 800, lens: 75mm F2.8
Rain_houses EOS 20D: 1/200 @ F4.0, ISO 800, lens: 75mm F2.8
Rain_walkers EOS 20D: 1/125 @ F4.0, ISO 800, lens: 75mm F2.8

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Old Jul 16, 2005, 3:19 PM   #5
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Rain_Houses in black&white

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Old Jul 16, 2005, 3:20 PM   #6
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Old Jul 16, 2005, 4:39 PM   #7
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Hi sprocket on the FZ-20 I used F/2.81/30 sec. /ISO 80on the shot below....just enough of thespeed and light to capture the rain on the leaves and background:


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Old Jul 16, 2005, 9:51 PM   #8
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trooplewis wrote:
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" The Best Way to Capture Rain?"

Personally, I prefer a bucket, but I understand that a barrel works well too :lol:

Nice! :lol:

Thanks for the tips guys. To those who posted photos, those are all great. I intended to capture more of a "freeze frame" of the falling rain though, with a fast enough shutterspeed (i.e. - 1/1000 or 1/2000) so you could see the raindrops frozen in the air - not a blur.

Anyway, I'll try again sometime; we've had plenty of rain due to the aftereffects of Dennis...

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Old Jul 17, 2005, 11:38 AM   #9
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Try forced flash at different distances from rainfall
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