Raindrop reflections are very pleasing, and quite unique. Professional photographers love taking pictures of water in all its states. These also provide good practice for the novice photographer. Raindrops bring out the beauty of nature, as images of flowers with other flowers in the reflection tends to emphasize the beauty of two distinct images being interposed with each other.
Tools For raindrop reflection photos, you need a tripod, a camera with a macro lens, preferably mechanical or digital ones that allows you to control shutter speed and aperture size. You also need clamps and possibly a lamp, which is a clamp on one end with a flexible arm with another clamp on the other end, used to hold the subject for the reflection, if the subject is a small object, like a flower. You can improvise one easy with some inexpensive hardware clamps and a piece of sturdy wire to attain the same effect.
Subject These can usually be flowers but your imagination is the limit. Some photographers take reflection photos of scenery, people, buildings, or just about anything. You then need something to create raindrops with like a spray bottle. Or just wait for the rains to come. Last but not least, you need something you can’t buy, which is patience!
Timing A windy day can ruin everything. So stick to shooting on days without wind so you don’t lose your raindrops or muddle the composition. Spray the plant with a couple of squirts from the water bottle and look for the suitable subject. On a bright sunny day, shoot in the shade. Or you can use overhead deflectors to tame the harsh bright light that can result in sudden flashes as the light plays. Some photographers even use glycerin on their drops, which allows for precise placement of the drops. However, water makes crisper and more brilliant shots.
Composition You now need to compose the shot with the proper camera position. Once the camera is in place and the drop is in view, set-up the plamp with the subject to be reflected. A tip to get the best image reflection: use your hand to get the position right. Remember that the image or reflection you will see is the opposite of the actual image for that is how camera lens works. Move the subject farther for smaller reflections, and nearer to fill the drop. Once everything is in sight, check for the lighting of the subject drop included and the background or subject to be reflected. Use some reflectors or diffusers, to emphasize certain features.
Camera setting Set your aperture to the largest possible setting, to blur the background.. This emphasizes the subjects, and makes the background fuzzy, giving more focus to the image itself. On digital SLRs or compact cameras that have a manual setting, you can use the Manual mode, and set aperture and shutter speed yourself. Or if you’re just starting out, you can use AV or Aperture Priority, setting the Aperture value to as large as your lens supports, such as F/1.8 for the mid-range lenses, or as high as F/1.2 for the more expensive lenses. Compact camera lenses might only go up to F3.5, though, but this will do.
You might not get the perfect shot everytime. So be patient, and shoot as much as you can. Especially with digital cameras, you don’t have to worry about wasting film. With the above tips and tricks, you can end up with spectacular and breathtaking pictures that will bring wonder to the beauty of nature and enhance your photographic skills too.