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Learn by Doing Photography #33 Raindrop Reflections
This week find a single rain drop on a flower or a few raindrops and try to capture the reflection. What you will need for this challenge, is patience. Especially if it’s a bit windy outside!
We had a crazy rain storm roll in the other day. A rain storm in the middle of a hot summer day is always exciting. I grabbed my camera and we went for a walk, I brought the umbrella to protect the camera. It can be tricky business taking pictures while carrying a camera, but it made for a super fun summer walk.
Once the rain stopped and the sidewalks started to quickly dry we set up the tripod to take some pictures of the raindrops. The drops of rain were quickly drying up so we filled a spray bottle with water and my daughter Kat added raindrops to everything and anything in the area. With a little breeze and a 7 year old spraying the flower I was thrilled to see one drop had a reflection.
How to capture raindrop reflections
1. You will need a tripod for this one
2. You need to find a raindrop that is ready to drip since you need to photograph through the raindrop to get the reflection.
3. I zoomed in as close as I could on live view, and focused. After I looked at the pictures I thought I should have picked a different color flower for the reflection. I used two pink flowers, if I had one pink flower with the reflection of a purple flower it would have stood out more in the raindrop. Instead the colors blend together, so be sure to note what color your flower is and what color your reflection is.
4. Think about your aperture. If you want a blurry background go for a larger f/stop. Since I was using a 90mm since I was extremely close to the flower only about 12 inches away if that I was able to use F/11 and still end up with a shallow depth of field.
5. If there is a slight breeze make sure your shutter speed is high enough. I had my shutter speed set to 500 to help compensate for the breeze.
Lindsay Adler does a great tutorial on how to photograph Raindrop Reflections
Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!