Old 11-08-2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default Not rainy enough?

I've always wanted to do rain shots but never really got good at them. This one was originally intended for my own collection but I got bored and decided to give it a shot. I know it's not the best angle/ cropping probably, but this was taken out a truck window because it was raining.

This one is the original pic.

I was trying to think in terms of RP and it turned into a wedgie. This cut out that annoying wire but probably made it look like 10x worse.

My question is, since these probably suck, how could I do better next time?
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:25 AM   #2
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Come one man, you know better. Use a telephoto lens to emphasize the rain, both look like cluttered cloudy wedges

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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Rain's tricky - welcome thoughts from all.

A telephoto will enhance the rain drops

High speed will freeze the drops while low shutter speeds will exaggerate the motion of the rain. Both instances can instead increase the soft look of an image or the appearance of noise.

A small aperture (f/8... f/16 ect) will better isolate the appearance of drops since you'll have better depth of field.

Then there's the processing - large radius and extra sharpening can dramatically effect the final look of the rain.

Anyone want to help put these puzzle pieces together?

I've had some success, though likely on the processing end - and it helps to have a good subject worthy of capture!

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I'll be interested in what people have to say as well. I have tried most of the ideas that Mitch put forth, with limited success. I am pretty sure that low(er) shutter speeds and high DOF (small aperture) are the way to go. Freezing the raindrops just isn't pleasing to the eye.

One piece of advice that I would offer the OP is to avoid tree tunnels. In that Amtrak shot, you really don't have any light on the train. If you must work in the woods, get some elevation and shoot DOWN to take the sky out of the shot. Then, you can expose for the subject and the problem goes away to a large extent.

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by CSX1702 View Post
I know it's not the best angle/ cropping probably, but this was taken out a truck window because it was raining.
I think you'll have to get wet for a decent rain shot.
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