Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

October 8, 2010

Rain in Phoenix

Filed under: backyard, light, Non Birds, technique, weather — richditch @ 8:24 pm
Rain in Phoenix

Rain in Phoenix

We’ve finally had a break in the oppressive summer heat in Phoenix, and hopefully the triple digit days are over for 2010. The big change came when a major storm over southern California spilled far enough east to cover the Phoenix metro area. We started with 0.3 inches of rain one day (I know that doesn’t sound like much but in Phoenix it is). Then on October 5 we had 0.9 inches in our back yard, with some parts of the Valley getting almost 2 inches.

It was odd enough that I grabbed my backup D70 body and mounted my widest lens – a Tokina 12-24 and stepped out to the covered patio to take some shots as the rain came down. It was only 4:46 pm but it was so dark that even at ISO 640 I ended up with an exposure of 1/10th second at f/5.6. The resulting raw file was still quite dark and this image was given another stop of exposure in raw conversion with Adobe Camera Raw.

I had the Tokina lens at 12mm – the equivalent of an 18mm lens on a full frame 35mm camera. I did my best to position the tripod low enough to minimize any tilt up or down with the lens, and tried to square it up with the patio roof and pillars, but I didn’t quite get it aligned. So I used the transform feature in Photoshop  to straighten out the vertical lines in the image. This is a great feature of Photoshop if you ever shoot buidings with a wide angle lens.


1 Comment »

  1. This deluge must have been a welcome event for you Rich, after such a long, hot summer. Hope it stays cooler for you now so you can get out and shoot more often. Given your techs it must have been very dark when you took this.

    Comment by rondudley — October 9, 2010 @ 6:37 am

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