RainDrops After The Rain

A series of Rain Drop images after a heavy rain storm. All Images were taken with a Sigma 150mm Macro lens @ f/8.

Raindrops At Plainsboro Preserve

The other day we went to take a walk at the Audobon Plainsbore Preserve. It was a gray day but it is a nice location to walk, never knowing what you might see to photograph. It started to rain so we started heading back to the car. Along the way I noticed the raindrops looked interesting in the water along the path. I was using my iPhone iP11 Pro with the 6mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent Field of View ~ 52mm) since it was more weatherproof than my Olympus camera I had under my jacket. I quickly took 9 images thinking at least one might have interesting raindrop patterns in the water. As I was working on the images I thought why not use all 9 images to get even more raindrops & maybe a more interesting & colorful image. The Featured Image is 9 images, auto-blended in Photoshop. Blending the image allowed an assortment of colors from the sky in the water as the clouds were moving overhead. This gave an interesting blend of colors. The image below is just 1 of the images that make up the blended image. Which do you like?

Single Raindrop Image
Rain Drops with Hi-Pass Sharpening – Brings out more detail in water drop patterns

Rain Drops On Evergreen Branch

After the a rain storm I noticed raindrops on evergreen branches above our sidewalk. I shot a few versions, then decided to shoot a panorama showing the new growth and the raindrops underneath. A 5 image panorama, shot with a Canon 7D with 300mm f/4 lens. It seems like Photoshop does better aligning the images in closeup panos with a longer lens, plus I get softer & cleaner backgrounds this way.


Rain Drops After The Storm

I am still testing the iPhone 11 Pro for a variety of photo subjects. These are to see how it does for closeup details. Not quite a macro camera, but very close. Plus because of the iPhone 11’s small lenses you get quite a bit of depth of field for these closeup subjects.

For these images I was using the 6mm lens (Full Frame equivalent would is 52mm)


iPhone 11 Pro – 16 x 9 Format


iPhone 11 Pro -16 x 9 format



iPhone 11 – 16 x 9 format



A little closer view


Wet Leaves In Grass






RainDrops After The Storm

Sometimes it is fun to look for raindrops after a heavy rain storm. I tried during a light drizzle, but the camera was getting too wet. So I waited til the next morning after the heavy rain storm was over and the sun was out. I was using a Sigma 150mm macro lens for all images here. Also the images here are just single shots, except for two listed as a 2 image stacked panorama. It also helped there were webs in the bushes for the raindrops to land on.



2 image stacked panorama 


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2 image panorama, 150mm


Water Drops on Leaf

I was looking for water drops after a heavy rain in the yard last year. I saw this leaf with lots of different size droplets and photographed the leaf with a close focusing 300mm f/4 in 2 horizontal images stacked. I used Photoshop to combine the images and then brought out more detail in the Drops. Then went on to photograph the water drops on leaves. I also used a High Pass sharpening technique on a separate layer in Photoshop.


Day Lily leaves with water drops

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Raindrops On Bush – 10 Image Focus Stack

While looking for a photo subject in the yard, I saw these tiny raindrops on a evergreen shrub. It looked like an interesting pattern of raindrops going back into the shrub. I liked the circular dark hole in the background as a distant destination point. Almost like a “black hole” in the distance. I shot a series of 10 images at f/8 in different focus points along a range from near to far for the range I wanted to shoot. Then I opened all the images in Layers in one Photoshop file. Selecting all the layers, I used Auto Align to line up all the drops in the layers. After aligning, I used Auto Blend to combine all the “in focus” sections into one flattened image.

Stacked Raindrops start

The First Near Focus Image in the Stack.

Stacked Raindrops end

The Tenth Final Image in the Stack

Small Leaf On Rain Dropped Leaf Background

This is a 2 image stacked photo, shot at f/4. It was a windy day, so I did not want to use a small f/stop because the leaves were blowing back & forth. It does not show here, but there was quite a bit of distance between the two main leaf subjects. So with the wind moving the leaves, I did not want a slower shutter speed that would show movement. I shot wide open at f/4 to minimize movement and focused the 2 shots for each main subject. Combined in Photoshop for the final image. I cropped the bottom leaf because there was too much open space in the bottom right corner.


Damselfly with Water Drop

This Eastern Forktail Damselfly had a large drop of water on its mouth which acts like a magnifying glass, giving an interesting view.

Water Drops on Grass Stacked Image

This was shot at f/5.6 and took 20 images from front to back. These seem to be harder to stack than some of the others I have done and took some practice.  Out of focus leaves behind my subject and out of focus highlighted water drops seemed to distort certain layers more than others. I tried a trial version of Helicon Focus, to see if that worked better than photoshop but liked the Photoshop version better, (Probably because I am more familiar with Photoshop). But for those wanting to try it, you can get a 30 day trial version of Helicon Focus online to try stacking images. I have to work more on my trial version to get more familiar with the program before I decide which is truly better.  They are fun to do and can give amazing results. Also try “Short” stacks of up to four images or even a 2 shot “Short” stack for added depth around your subject.

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