Raindrops Hitting My Car during a Stormy Sunset

Photographing the Rain

My lawn has been a mess for a couple years now so I finally broke down and hired a service to fertilize and get the weeds under control. Now that thats working and most of the weeds are gone the grass needs to fill in. So I used that as an excuse to put off mowing for a couple extra days. I finally decided to start the job one evening around 7:30PM and as luck would have it, it started raining about half way thru. The lighting was nice and the rain looked cool so I got out the camera. I played around with shutter speeds and apertures to control blur and depth of field and this is what I came up with:

A rainy day delays the mowing of the lawn

Nikon d300s with 35mm f/1.8: 1/20s at f/20 and iso 200

Here I went with a small aperture to maximize depth of field and a long shutter speed to give the rain drops a nice motion blur.

Hard rain and the setting sun

Nikon d300s 35mm f/1.8: 1/50s at f/20 and iso 200

Same technique here with a slightly higher shutter speed to control the extra light. Still good motion blur though.

Heavy rain hitting the roof of a car

Nikon d300s 70-300 AF-S VR Zoom at 125mm: 1/500s at f/4.8 and iso 200

I saw the raindrops splashing off the roof of my car and wanted to see what I could capture there. Still a bit of motion blur at 1/500s and I would have liked a bit more depth of field, but I did catch one cool splash.

Rain drops frozen in time, splashing on roof of car

Nikon d300s 70-300mm AF-S VR Zoom at 300mm: 1/3200s at f/5.6 and iso 1000

Here, I boosted the iso to 1000 to get up to 1/3200s at f/5.6. That froze things nicely but I would have liked more depth of field. Unfortunately, as I was checking shots on the display the rain stopped so I didn’t get a chance to see how the extra DoF would have looked.

This next photo turned out to be my favorite of the evening.

Raindrops Hitting My Car during a Stormy Sunset

Nikon d300s 70-300mm AF-S VR Zoom at 300mm: 1/500s at f/5.6 and iso 200

Everything came together nicely to make an interesting composition. It makes me think of those times when you get caught in a downpour on the way to your car and all you are focused on is grabbing that door handle and getting in the car and out of the rain.

We seem to have been having a lot of storms at this time of the evening lately. Hopefully I get a chance to try this again.

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