Raindrops on purple smoke bush (Danville, California)

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365 Project – 144: After the rain… (May 22, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/7.1, ISO: 400 (Monochrome – MC in camera)

After a lovely dry spell here, the sky dumped on us and instead of grumbling about it I thought I’d embrace the weather and capture the beauty of the rain. The design left on this glass table made me think “black and white” so I took the shot with my D5000 set on the Monochrome (MC) setting. It has the look of a puzzle with each wet piece revealing the hatched design of the wicker table. I couldn’t resist a little post-processing so I posted a second photo with a simple Lightroom 3 Preset (B&W Creative – Look 3). Which one is better? Original, straight out of the camera (SOTC) or post-processed?

post-processed in Lightroom using preset B&W Creative – Look 3

See more of my 365 Project: Untouched photos from my Nikon D5000 with 50mm lens

365 Project – 4: When it rains…wear cute boots! (January 4, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/640, Aperture: F/1.4, ISO: 200


Playing catch up with my 365 project on one of the rainiest days we’ve had all winter. Ironically, when I stepped outside to take this photo it had stopped raining but, evidence of the recent downpour can be seen in the wet cement. I just love the reflection of my boots in this puddle. Part of surviving the wet, gray days of the Pacific Northwest is outfitting yourself in bright rain gear. It’s a must! 🙂

Read more about my 365 Project: Untouched photos from my Nikon D5000 with 50mm lens