Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

Inside the Photo


There’s much technically about the photo that could be better, especially the focus, and maybe a tad of a bigger number (smaller hole) aperture to the depth of field not quite the shadow.

But the joy was capturing this while perched on a chair, holding the camera up over the gutter, and blind aiming down the gutters.

The first thing is that rain in a dry climate is always special, the water precious. It says… “there must be something unique going on you can find with a camera”. Walking out on my deck, I noticed the drops of water streaming off the edge of the roof into the gutter. It was the pattern than caught my eye; and with the rain having just topped, some good light was coming through the clouds to the east.

When I stood on the chair, I was below eye level of the gutter, and so could not see into it, just slightly above where little rivulets were flowing down. I had a hunch, that maybe, if I aimed the camera looking down the rain gutter, I could get something interesting with converging lines. I wanted to go with a more open aperture as I did not want to see in detail my neighbors house at the end, but also knowing that a shallow depth of feed would work IF I could get the focus on the streams.

I took maybe 8 of these, but the frozen motion drops here; one falling and one rising off of a crown of a splash, were magical. I just wish I had gotten a tighter focus. If I was more diligent, I might have gotten out my 6 foot ladder and a better vantage point and I might have gotten a more technically proficient photo.

But the magic of a blindly aimed photo, where later I see what I could not see, makes up for that in a big way.

For me.

Photo Metadata

  • Caption: A blind shot winner! I wish I had a bit sharper focus on this freeze frame of water drops off my roof, bouncing in the gutter.

    Pretty framing amazing if I say so myself.

    All of the ones in this series were taken w/o looking through the viewfinder, it was too high, so I just held up the camera and blind snapped.
  • When: Sep 08, 2014 03:06:42 pm
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: f/2
  • Shutter Speed: 1/3200sec
  • Rights : cc licensed ( BY-SA ) photo by Alan Levine