Sunday, April 3, 2011

A nice light rain

The picture below is a great illustration of why you should gel your flash.  Do you see the white beam cutting across the middle of the picture?  It is pretty obvious that it was made by a different light source than the gold light hitting the rest of the raindrops.  The same thing happens when you pop a pure white flash in a room which is lit by normal light bulbs.  It really stands out.  Adding a simple color-balancing gel (good source here) will help your light play nicely with the light in the rest of the room.

Canon 5D Mark II
102mm - ISO 2500
1/50s- f/4


  1. Okay, I am really intrigued by this shot - I gotta know - What is the media? Is this rain in mid air or on something?

  2. Sorry - I forgot to explain how the shot was taken. It is just a shot through the windshield of the car as we were driving down the interstate. I had the focus narrowed in to the raindrops on the other side of the glass. The gold light is from the streetlight, and the white light is probably some headlights or a reflection off of a small white sign of some kind - I can't remember.

  3. Funky. Looks like one of those tres` 70s fiber optic lights :)