Light Reading
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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...
· Date: Wed 10-March-2010 · Views: 37355 · Filesize: 55.4KB, 217.1KB · Dimensions: 1024 x 763 ·
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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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Winner of a Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest  Winner of a Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest

Location: Norwich CT US
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Thu 11-March-2010 07:02

I love this photograph, very creative! Bill
Kit Sims Taylor
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Thu 11-March-2010 11:47

Nice. I like the minimalism here.
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Thu 18-March-2010 12:26

Nice.... just nice, cool.
Location: WI US
Tue 23-March-2010 12:23

Nice work...

Winner of a Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest

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Wed 24-March-2010 04:35

Good idea! Original!
Location: Outside of Montreal QC CA
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Thu 25-March-2010 11:20

Beautiful job - you're very talented!
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Wed 09-March-2011 09:32

very well done, great creativity and a great result...

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Thu 10-March-2011 05:38 Rating: 10 

Beautiful shot! Nice work!
Location: ON CA
Fri 11-March-2011 11:09 Rating: 10 

Love everything about this photo and the movement shown with the rain adds perfection!

Location: AB CA
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Mon 25-April-2011 12:26 Rating: 10 

Great work, I will draw from your creativity, you have inspired me!
Location: North Bay ON CA
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Sun 01-January-2012 09:51

Love the creativity of this shot! Awesome shot!

Location: New York NY US
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Sun 08-January-2012 06:01

cool. creative. knowing your equipment. a favorite. will look for more from you.

Location: Pembroke Pines FL US
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Thu 05-April-2012 01:48 Rating: 10 

Creative job. Brilliant talent....
Paul A T

Location: NSW AU
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Thu 16-January-2014 10:10 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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Location: DE
Posts: 361
Tue 24-March-2015 05:14 Rating: 10 

Excellent image!!! 10 of 10! Very creative use of the Nikon Creative Lighting System. The only thing I would have done different would be to use Rear Curtain Flash. This would have made the rain drops look as they would be going down versus going up. Brilliant image!!! Well deserved winner here! I also must say that your image gallery is spectacular.
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