I know I’ve tried this before, a couple of times actually, but when it’s raining hard I’m always drawn to try and capture it in an image somehow.
I thought I might try and capture the splash as a car drove through a puddle, but I’m super nervous of taking my camera out in the rain, and it was raining hard, so ideally I wanted somewhere with a little shelter.
When I arrived home, I noticed the steady flow of rain water leaving the drain pipe at the corner of our house.
It looked kind of cool, and had the added bonus of being sheltered a little by the roof eves.
I wanted to try and “freeze” the water, with a fast shutter speed, and also to try and set the depth of field just right so that I isolated the stream of water so it didn’t just get lost in the background.
I have to be honest, I really struggled to capture it as I wanted, and as I pushed settings to where I wanted them to be, I started to introduce a lot of noise into the image.
Fortunately, I took a range of images at different settings, so the ones that were too noisy for my liking, I didn’t use.
I think today’s main photograph turned ok, and was how I imagined it to be in my minds eye, so that’s a pretty cool achievement for me.
I also took this rather moody image of the trees behind me as I was photographing the drain, again I just liked the vibe they were giving off. There is no real composition to speak of, it’s just pure mood, which I kind of like.
Learnings – today was super hard, way harder than I expected it to be. Wrongly, I’d assumed because of the heavy cloud I wouldn’t be fighting with blowing the highlights out, and getting the image I wanted would be that bit easier.
However, because I wanted to use a specific aperture along with a fast shutter, the low light level actually worked against me, and I had to crank the ISO to compensate.
Photography is a game of extremes at times, I’m coming to realise, and every now and again I’m reminded I should probably take the camera out of manual mode from time to time, and let the camera lead me in one of its auto modes.
Finally, an image taken last week by my 7yr old daughter Livvy, using Hollys iPhone.
This photograph means so much to me you wouldn’t believe.
When I got home from work, she told me there was a family of snails she saw in the garden, and that it would have been a great thing for me to photograph.
When I told her “yes, that would have been amazing, thank you so much for pointing it out to me, but they are probably gone by now, so we’ll need to look for them again one day and take a photograph”.
She replied, “don’t worry daddy, I took a photograph for you”.
For a million reasons, that one moment made my heart sing a thousand songs xx