I have tried many times to find a nice ay to capture rain. Basically it falls to fast to nicely capture drops in detail and its usually dark anyway.
It was raining heavily yesterday and I saw an opportunity to photographs the drops backlit against dark foliage. Then I took photos at three different shutter speeds
- 1/500th. second (ie fast enough to freeze a bird in flight)
- 1/50th. second (a comfortable hand-held speed that should avoid blurring my shaky hands)
- 1/15th. second (very slow, I have to rely on the in body stabilisation (IBS) of the camera)
The result is obvious the best photo telling the story of raining is the slow exposure because it has elongated blurs hat captured the motion of the water droplets. Sound obvious in retrospect. Slow shutter speed to blur the motion and hold the camera steady (and/or IBS)