Shooting in rain?

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  1. eye-capture

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    What settings should I shoot at to capture rain in exceptional detail?

    I'm using a Pentax IST DL with it's Pentax DA lens the whole f/3.5-5.6 yada.
     
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    As in 'freezing' the rain as it falls? I would be betting at least 1/800s. Another option that might produce some pretty neat affects is to use a flash and drag the shutter.
     
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    i've tried this before and found the best way is to get the sun in front of you. it'll help in reducing your shutter speed but the main reason is that you need the sun hitting the drops to make them stand out. Ideally you'll get some foliage or other dark background behind the rainfall.
    it can be trickier than you first think!
     
  4. While we're on the topic: any suggestions on how to physically shoot in the rain? Just a garbage bag around the camera, or do you use specialized rain covers?
     
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    Cling film is a favourite of mine. Sandwich bags and rubber bands work well.

    Rob
     

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