Instead of waiting for the rain to return, I attempted to recreate the scene from the morning after doing some research. I came across a website called 500px ISO which had a tutorial for water droplet photography; it suggested using a macro lens and external flash guns, both of which were not available to me. I tried to be resourceful and use what I could to get the best results.
Using an LED light to illuminate the area of focus, I dripped the water into the basin and attempted to capture the moment the single drop hit the surface of water. Overall I am quite happy with the results I got with the equipment I had available. I was amazed to see the images and what the camera could capture; it is something that the naked eye could never see.
The settings I used were a mix between these three:
F/5.6 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 12800
F/5.6 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 6400
F/5 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 6400
As taking pictures of the water droplets on the leaf was not working, I thought I would try something else. I tried to capture the result of a drop of water colliding with a pool of clear, still water.
The first attempts were terrible; these two photos are the only remotely competent examples. As this was my first attempt, I wasn’t too sure what settings I would need; this may have been why the results were so poor. Unfortunately the rain stopped not long after I started shooting, so I didn’t have the time to amend the mistakes and try again.
The settings used were: F/5.6 – 1/400 sec – ISO 12800.
In the morning it was still raining slightly; so I gave the water droplet photography a second attempt, the lighting conditions were better but still not as good as I would have liked.
The results were still not what I had hoped, even though I was photographing in daylight the camera was struggling. I brought the shutter speed down to 1/2500 and the ISO down to 6400 to try and get a better quality image and reduce the noise.
The settings used were: F/5.6 – 1/2500 sec – ISO 6400
Looking through one of my friends pictures I came across a photo of a water droplet; I had never thought that water could be an interesting subject to photograph before then. It was raining and I thought it would be a good opportunity to experiment with water, there was water dripping from the shelter in my garden so I tried to capture the droplets as they fell. This was highly unsuccessful; with only a wall mounted light to work with it was difficult to see anything through the camera.
Instead I picked a leaf from a plant and attempted to capture the effect of the water dropping onto this leaf.
Although quite successful, I was not prepared for how dark the fast shutter speed would make the pictures. As the shutter speed was 1/4000 sec to freeze the water in time, I had to compensate the underexposure by putting the ISO up to 12800 and opening the aperture to f/5.6 meaning that there is a lot of noise and the image quality is poor.
The settings used were: F/5.6 – 1/4000 sec – ISO 12800