Creating Rain Effect

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Uncategorized
I’ve seen this idea done before but never tried it until yesterday morning.  I shot it as the sun was coming up so it would backlight the water spray to make it stand out.  I positioned one of our potted flowers in front of a little pine bush.  Got out the hose and sprayed water on the flowers.  Set up my camera on the tripod and set the composition.  Set my self timer on my camera to 10 seconds giving me some time to pick up the hose and spray the flowers.  I varied the f/stops, shutter speeds, and ISO which created a different look in the water.  Using a longer shutter speed gave the water a silky smooth feel, and a fast shutter speed stopped the rain creating a harsh look.  I liked the silky look of the water and ended up with this one.  Nikon D7000, Tamron 16-300, Exposure 0.3 sec, f/32, ISO100




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  1. Mark Cavanah says:

    Was this with a filter of any kind ? I like the effect and appreciate the tip.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Mark, there are no filters involved in the shot, pretty much out of the camera except so tweaks in contrast and exposure adjustments in the plant.

  2. Tom Kredo says:

    Thanks Mike,
    Great tip!

  3. Frances Kuelz says:

    Such a cool idea. I will have to try this soon. Love the soft look too Mike.

  4. Rich Doerr says:

    Gotta try this one.

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