Playing with raindrops

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The white streaks are not only pouring rain, they are on the verge of turning to snow.  This was taken four or five days ago.  🙂
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As I was sitting on the deck watching the rain/snow fall, I thought it would be fun to see if I could capture some drops.   These photos, following, are of individual drops into the same puddle…a couple of them are close-ups, and the orientation varies.   Since I am not an engineer (I know, not really a photographer, either… I will refrain from speculating on any mechanical aspects.  I just think the resulting pics are interesting and cool reflections of the puddle-water.   I hope they will fit right in with Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge for this week!

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All photos on this page are © Sometimes, 2016.

48 thoughts on “Playing with raindrops

    1. I’m so glad you like them…I hesitated to post the images, but they did turn out to be intriguing. I don’t get the mechanics of the images though…

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    1. yes! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who saw those great things. I don’t quite “understand” the images…the reddish color is the floor of the deck, not sure what the shapes actually are…is it the splash? I was using flash.

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      1. Hmmm – the flash creates bright spots and shadows, but so do the clouds and any other object nearby. The angle of the puddle changes, as well. I think we need a scientist!

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      2. overhead is a make-shift “roof” which is some metal meshing and a very holey tarp…which is a dark green with an aluminum color side. The whole thing leaks like a sieve. So my drops weren’t exactly rain drops, but a good “pin-point” hole in the tarp. So there was indeed a healthy “drop” of rain water from about 8-foot above. There is no sky or clouds showing at all.

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      1. can’t figure how to set aperture on my Sony, although I also use a Nikon that is about the same functions and that is easier to read…also it seems to have a macro setting. I’ll have to study the Nikon a bit more.

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      2. what a great idea! 😉 these little cheapie cameras don’t have much of a “manual,” mainly tells how to change batteries and the like. I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and refresh myself on basics. There is a SCRN thing that has the little pictures of the flower, animal, mountain…maybe that helps?

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      3. I did print it out once, but most valuable info came from a review from some photo mag. I was just reviewing my last post of pics…some aren’t too bad, I studied the specs. Maybe I’ll check the Nikon site… thanks.

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      4. we have some really old (1940s) camera manuals around here…I’ll bet there might be some technical general information. I’ll look in Bob’s stuff…gave his cameras and etc. to my son but I’m sticking with digital anyway. f-stops and apertures etc maybe better explained.

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      5. My dear Bob was a great one for reading manuals…I have photos of my girls up in apple trees with loppers, trimming. One daughter is sitting at the base of the tree reading the manual on pruning fruit trees. “An unnecessary cut is an economic loss…” they still quote that line! :=_

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      6. Start with trying different aperture openings….let the Camera use its own timer etc…you control the aperture openings…for a start…. 😉 Hugs!

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      7. Yes! Get to understand them…and….you’re away. For example, I very seldom use ‘macro setting’…. I would use the lowest f-stop….down to f2.7 on my Camera..and go very close to the object….steady hand….decent light. 😉 Hugs!

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      8. I can’t find f-stops on my Sony, I suspect the semantics are different…I do understand about f-stops and ISO but can’t find where to adjust that either…back in the day we always bought both 100 and 400 ISO film and used it for different shots. I read a review of my Sony that compared it with another and pointed out several features the the sony lacked. I want to study the Nikon, which I think is more explanatory.

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      9. I read some refresher course material which didn’t use the chicken language…I need to take some note in my notebooks for reference. I really appreciate your suggestions. My background with camera settings goes back to the days when I worked for the newspaper, and when Bob used to try to instruct me. I used some basic maybe f-8 and f-11, and maybe less sophisticated settings. I’ll check the Nikon. I used my Nikon SLR for two settings: landscape and portraits. used boh 400 and 100 ISO. Now I want to take photos of bugs and flowers and the like. Also I’ll study the info that comes with the slide-show regarding settings…maybe I can learn from that.

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      10. usually smelling ability…though my roses wafting their aroma into the house is just glorious…some times I can smell, otherwise just nothing. Also the sense of taste is disappointing sometimes. At times foods I like are tasteless.

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      11. Bob had had a sroke, then a second one that kept in hospital for three months. The last month or so he had a feeding tube, which he instisted that they take it out or HE would rip it out. Which he did. My daughter is a nurse at the same hospital, and she visited every morning after her shift on another floor…and he always wanted her to help him get dressed before the physical therapists came. It was very sad, because a month before he had the stroke he was still up in a tree trimming apple trees. Another time another daughter (also a nurse) was visiting when they brought in his lunch tray…soft foods…she told them that he wasn’t supposed to have any solid food at all but they insisted that the doctor had changed his diet. He said that was THE most wonderful thing he ever tasted…even it was jello! He wasn’t supposed to have it, but she fed it to him with a spoon.

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      12. I have saved an article on catching drip photos…I forgot about it until you mentioned it. Today’s Big Deal is painting the back deck…Scott does the labor, but I get just as tired watching him as I would if I did it myself. 🙂

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  1. wonderful.. sometimes i used to stare at the walls of my grandma’s home where also I could see elephants, tortoise, a big pool etc etc..

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