Split Second

Sometimes I wonder when I will ever learn. Here’s yet another example of a picture I really like that came about purely by chance, and only because I took thirty seconds to pull out my camera and actually attempt the shot. I was walking out of a building the other day when I saw some big fat drips falling from an overhang, and nimbly sidestepped them as they splashed on the pavement. And that was that–no second thoughts given on my part, and a good photo opportunity nearly missed. But then I thought I would try, just try, to catch one of the drops as it was falling. I am horrendously self-conscious when it comes to taking photos, and because a) it’s something I’m working on, and b) no one else was around, I knelt down and aimed my camera right up into the path of the drips. No way was autofocus going to work, so I put my camera in manual, set the aperture to f/4 and ISO to 200, and just motor-drove until the buffer was full (which, thankfully, is over 20 RAW shots on my D200–three times the buffer size on my D7100 even though the latter is a newer and much more expensive camera). I kept scooting around on my knees with my camera aimed skyward hoping everything would line up for a good shot, and out of 43 images this was the only one in which the main drop of water was in focus. But wow, I sure am pleased with the results. I like the trail of smaller drops off to the upper-right, and decided to use a vertical orientation as opposed to my traditional horizontal style because it seemed to fit the mood of the picture better. I was also pleased with how the big drop perfectly inverts the colors of the overhang and the sky, and overall this required very little retouching in Lightroom.

Maybe one of these days I’ll stop worrying about what other people think, and just learn to be that weirdo with the camera who is always taking pictures of things. And like my brother Tom says, chances are no one will even notice, so why even give it a second thought :)

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