As winter approaches we’re likely to see a lot more days of rain but this shouldn’t stop you taking photos. Instead, use the weather to your advantage to capture amazing raindrop patterns on windows from the comfort of your house.
You might not have seen, but raindrops aren’t always exactly the same on windows. If it’s heavy rain the drops are normally large and blobby after a short shower the droplets are much neater and the very best sort to photograph. They look the type you would find on a spiders web, all almost perfectly round. Droplets may also act like miniature lenses and present an upside down image of the background in each concave form. If you adjust focus you can make these pictures seem thinner to become part of this creative picture. But that is another technique!
Photography Gear for Photograph Raindrops
All you need for this technique is a camera with close focus capabilities which covers many types of cameras such as compacts. Ideally the camera ought to have some kind of creative exposure mode which will let you shoot at various apertures. It would also help if you had a tripod to steady the camera but that is not a must as in the event that you discover your shutter speed is creeping towards the slow side, simply use a slightly higher ISO.
Choose a window that has interesting raindrop patterns and that’s facing a plain background. The choice of background can definitely make a difference; a mild background like a sky will often lead to the droplets with a darker more defined outline while a dark background will make the centres of the droplets more prominent.
Make sure the window is clean! Any fingerprints or smears are going to show up. Double glazed windows should be in good shape without any condensation.
Set up your camera on a tripod and then point it at the window. Make sure the camera is parallel to the window for the best results.
Focus on the drops. On double glazing several cameras may be fooled by the nearer inner coating so direct attention is a very useful option.
Transfer the camera place to get the very best range of drops in the frame and watch the backdrop to get shift in tone. If there’s an area where the hints of shrubs meet lighter sky and that’s in the photo it will spoil the outcome. Move either up so you just have sky or down so that you merely have shrubs as a background.
Set an aperture to its widest setting so that the background is thrown completely out of attention. In case you’ve got a compact with no manual control but with scene modes try taking pictures at different landscape modes and compare the results to determine if one throws the background out of focus. This will usually be something such as food, portrait or close up manner, not picture or infinity modes.