As I was not completely satisfied with the results of my attempt to photograph raindrops, I tried to recreate the phenomenon under laboratory conditions- i.e. I took my camera into the shower.
The flash was too strong for the white reflecting walls, so I had to cover it with my finger. This worked, but because the light was filtered by my flesh, the pictures came out very red. That is why I converted them to black and white.
It is amazing to see how what we perceive as a continuous jet of water is in reality more like a string of pearls.