Light Reading
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Location: MO US
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Tripod Mounted D700
Nikon 50mm 1.8 Lens
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight in Umbrella
2 Second Exposure @ f/8


For this shot I set my D700 up inside the house, facing outward. I placed my SB-600 unit up inside the metal frame of an umbrella and the sensor on the front of the speedlight secured it within that framework so that I didn't have to tie it down each time. This was a big deal because I would have had to find string or something similar around the house and who has time for that?


The flash was set to TTL with a negative EV dialed in as to not overpower the shot with blown areas, and I began with the camera set to about 1/125th of a second. This produced some nice shots but the rain was frozen as round droplets and it didn't give the desired effect. So, I began to slow the shutter down to draw out the droplets into streaks as you see above.


Now, the flash is what freezes the action and not the shutter, in this instance. You might think that slowing the shutter speed down to 2 seconds wouldn't have an impact on the look of the photo because the flash should still do its thing for the fraction of a second it's firing. My guess is that the Nikon CLS was maintaining communication between the camera and the flash and when I slowed the shutter down on-camera, the camera then told the flash to extend accordingly, providing a longer period of time during which the drops could be seen.


I grabbed some glasses and a book from the shelf to add some weirdness, and to ensure that my wife called me a 'big dork,' and was good to go...
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Keywords: Light Reading
Camera: D700
Lens and Filters: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor
Shutter speed: 2 Seconds
Location: Missouri, USA
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Wolfgang55
Location: Norwich CT US
Posts: 24
Thu 11-March-2010 14:02

I love this photograph, very creative! Bill
Kit Sims Taylor
Location: Kingston WA US
Posts: 1,883
Thu 11-March-2010 18:47

Nice. I like the minimalism here.
ejygo
Location: Dubai AE
Posts: 47
Thu 18-March-2010 18:26

Nice.... just nice, cool.
donrloken
Location: WI US
Tue 23-March-2010 18:23

outstanding!
Nice work...
Tavi
Location: Timisoara RO
Posts: 6
Wed 24-March-2010 10:35

Good idea! Original!
Cyradis
Location: Outside of Montreal QC CA
Posts: 26
Fri 26-March-2010 05:20

Beautiful job - you're very talented!
dryzie
Location: ZA
Posts: 4
Thu 10-March-2011 04:32

very well done, great creativity and a great result...
espeto68
Location: Oeiras PT
Posts: 462
Fri 11-March-2011 00:38 Rating: 10 

Beautiful shot! Nice work!
webguy
Location: ON CA
Sat 12-March-2011 06:09 Rating: 10 

Love everything about this photo and the movement shown with the rain adds perfection!
dewy
Location: AB CA
Posts: 2
Mon 25-April-2011 07:26 Rating: 10 

Great work, I will draw from your creativity, you have inspired me!
PicChick
Location: North Bay ON CA
Posts: 18
Mon 2-January-2012 04:51

Love the creativity of this shot! Awesome shot!
lynngail
Location: New York 10708 NY US
Posts: 103
Mon 9-January-2012 01:01

cool. creative. knowing your equipment. a favorite. will look for more from you.
ebello
Location: FL US
Posts: 19
Thu 5-April-2012 20:48 Rating: 10 

Creative job. Brilliant talent....
Paul A T
Location: NSW AU
Fri 17-January-2014 05:10 Rating: 9 

Consciously or unconsciously the book you have used has reflected some nice fill light back onto your face. Great image, love the effect and the creativity.


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