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yashkothari18

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Hey Everyone!

I just recently joined this forum and I have a hobby for photography! I don't know if they're absolutely splendid or not but I have loads of questions. Right now though, I have a question about photographing rain!

 

I currently have a Nikon D3200, a tripod, a long exposure timer, an 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens. I rarely have enough to spend on cameras and my parents aren't too keen on me spending for cameras yet since its just a hobby. (a little off-topic though xD )

 

I am currently in India, and the city I am in has constant rains throughout the morning, afternoon and evening! I wanted to know if the equipment I have is enough to photograph rain. You might ask what kind of photograph am I looking for. I am trying to get a picture of the rain where in I can catch the trail of the rain drops in a scene without having to zoom in!

 

Any form of help would be appreciated!

 

Thanks (in advance)

:)  :)



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It should be possible, a little depending on the intensity of the rain.

 

This was shot during a thunderstorm @1/15, f/5.6 and ISO 250.

gallery_1251_413_162087.jpg

 

If the rain is less intense, you will need longer times. Try not to close the aperture down too far as you will lose contrast due to diffraction. You might need a ND filter to get long enough times in light rain, but they aren't too expensive.



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The great picture by Merco is possible - however.... If you want the other way around, freeze the raindrops, see the structure of the watersplash when hitting the ground, you'll need something faaaast..

 

Saw this video, and I just gave up  :o



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Splash shots have been made with a couple of speedlights and any old body for many decades. It is easier to make it with a speedlight than a conventional studio strobe as the light taper is shorter from the smaller bulb. The thing is that without the Broncolor and the D4, you can't spray and pray which means that you have to anticipate the moment and get the timing right. The decisive moment again, not a concept Kai is too familiar with, a bit like camera straps...



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Splash shots have been made with a couple of speedlights and any old body for many decades. It is easier to make it with a speedlight than a conventional studio strobe as the light taper is shorter from the smaller bulb. The thing is that without the Broncolor and the D4, you can't spray and pray which means that you have to anticipate the moment and get the timing right. The decisive moment again, not a concept Kai is too familiar with, a bit like camera straps...

This fall I'll give that a try, the YN568EX should make it interesting!

By the way, from what I saw in the manual 1/128 instead of 1/60? :) 
I have to get some batteries for the toy, oh and..... Speedlight is probably the same, but..... Water sealing; NONE.



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Polythene bags and rubber bands are cheap... 

What did you mean with the By the way... sentence?



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Polythene bags and rubber bands are cheap... 

What did you mean with the By the way... sentence?

I misread the manual

Was looking at "Multi mode" section

 

Seems I can reach 1/8000 in future without having to use M mode on camera body.... :)







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