June 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm #6741
Thanks for your comments, Peter – very thoughtful, as always. As you can guess, I wanted to evoke the sense of water bouncing all over the top of the table in the first picture. I tried a faster shutter speed, but it had the unexpected effect of making the rain almost invisible. I think perhaps the morning light was too bright, and there wasn’t enough contrast to make the static drops stand out. So I went for visible ‘tracks’, using slow speed. But even then I had to do quite a bit of postprocessing to get the bouncing cloud of water droplets visible – just! Tricky stuff, this rain photography!
You’re right about the water droplets in the second picture: as with other transparent subjects (such as glass) what makes the edges of the shapes bright or dark is not the light falling on them but what is being reflected in them. In this case, I think the drops are reflecting both the dark tree and the bright sky; but the part of each drop that isn’t reflecting a tone contrasting with its background just becomes invisible against that matching background. So we only notice the contrasting reflections: the light parts of the drops on a dark tree and the dark parts of the drops on a bright sky. (But if you look very carefully, you can see – in at least some drops – that they are actually reflecting both light and dark.)June 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm #6743
Threatening rainJune 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm #6744
Okay, this is tongue in cheek! As some of you have already noted I do like a bit of humour 🙂
Ian said use your imagination so I did … you just have to imagine it’s raining outside …June 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm #6745
WE GET IT MERV–BLONDE LAYING DOWN—RAINING OUTSIDE—–LIKE IT.June 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm #6752
THESE THREE TAKEN AT MY BACK TODAY –VERY SUNNY.June 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm #6753
AnonymousJune 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #6754
AnonymousJune 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm #6755
Obviously not a recent one. This was taken during the last cold snap in Crewe cemetery, again (I know, an unhealthy pre-occupation?), with my mobile phone. With a little tweaking of levels and saturation in Photoshop I liked the result.
A touch of frostJune 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm #6756
Merv >>> Just to clarify, photographs for the Monthly Theme Challenge should be taken during the month of the current theme. (The idea is to develop our photography based on a creative response to the theme for the month, rather than to post old photos from our archives.) Sorry if this isn’t clear in the guidance.June 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm #6757
Ken >>> I particularly like the blue chairs and shadows – there’s something very summery about it; and it conveys the warm and sunny atmosphere by means of the complementary colour palette, which I like very much. (Not sure such a strong picture needs added text; but each to his own, eh?!)June 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm #6762
Sorry Ian, I thought that was a guideline rather than a rule. Duly noted though. Wonder what the odds of a frost are in the next 3 weeks 🙂June 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm #6763
Just an end of day doodle Ian–try this.kenJune 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm #6764
Merv >>> Don’t discount frost – it’s British summer time! 😉
Ken >>> Your end of day doodle really looks ‘end of day’ – like a spot-lit night shot!June 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm #6768
Well done Ken I like it. Without the text on the chairs the punchline on the dog image would not have workedJune 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm #6769
We’ve had some brillants cloudy skies recently and it’s great to see some of them in this thread. I’ve taken a few that Ill post in the next few days. I like the way Ian has a country lane leading to the distant clouds and in the next photo, the horse highlighted by sunlight is walking away from the stormy sky. I just like the humour in Mervin’s photo. I like the flufy clouds in Ken’s garden shot. It looks like the perfect summer day. I think sunshire and shadows was well spotted and works well, but I would have like to have seem a bit more of the shadows. Hot makes me smile. It has humour and that’s what I like to do in hot weather. Mervin’s ‘A touch of frost’ sums up a frosty winters day and the backlighting helps the atmosphere.
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