Active Assignment Weekly: Apr 26 - May 3rd: Water of Life


For this assignment, I’d like to see your feelings generated by the phrase “Water of Life”

It can be a simple relationship between drinking and water or the necessity of water for all life, including crops. It could also be the drastic results of either too little or too much water.


Your interpretation must have that element of water’s influence on life around us.



Must be a real photo... although manipulations and combinations of images could be interesting!



In my country, Scotland, especially in the Highlands (North) and Islands, “Water of Life” has another meaning. Your dare is to show this other meaning in your submission.


WIT: A simple last minute and graphically literal submission. I took some scrabble letters and waxed them up so the water would bead nicely. Then took a piece of glass and set it on piece of black paper and poured some water on it. After placing the letters on the water, I misted them with a bit more water to get the droplets. In post processing I cropped and added a texture layer. Lighting is from a shoplight containing a 100-w daylight blub.



  • Luke Hayter 5y

    Great shot it, moody colours and the detail of the reflection is spot on :-)
  • The tamed shrew 5y

    Nice one! I thought of something similar using a murky pond (mine) as a background. I'm not sure about the background here. Maybe something with more mystery? I don't know, but I'm looking for more mystery perhaps. :) Technically can't fault you - as ever!
  • Mark J P 5y

    This is excellent. Really simple but fascinating. I think the composition is executed really well and the droplets resting on the letters is the icing on the cake. :)

    I voted this "Best of Week 1" (from Active Assignment Weekly group).
  • Rob 5y

    Really cool. Great contrast from the lighting. Definitely 'Explore' material!
  • Nino James 5y

    Great idea and execution! I am really liking the light and texture
  • Joe Santos 5y

    What type of wax did you use? I have tried droplet pictures and thought of that, but didn't know if I should try car wax or what. Great lighting!
  • Andrea 5y

    And now you'll need to wax the rest of the letters — otherwise it will tend to give the game of Scrabble away.
  • Clorie Van Tuyl 5y

    Very awesome. I love the literal take on the assignment!
  • PAaronDomenick 5y

    Awe, what a great idea, Wes. This is very artistic as well. Always love your work...
    P. Aaron Domenick
  • fotobird1 5y

    Love this one!!! Gosh I think that is all I say about your work..................hhhmm I have got to find a pic.............................ok I don't like the top left hand green corner..............
    Another great one!
  • Matt Johnson 5y

    I don't have any suggestions as this looks spot on perfect to me. But if I had to come up with something, in the spirit of fotobird1, I would have bounced a little light up from the bottom of the frame to get a bit more definition on the tiles. But other than that it's great!
  • vesselinak 5y

    I like the literal take. Good texture in the sense that it is not too much to overpower the image.
  • netsrot 5y

    Another impeccable submission! Love the contrast and crispness. 7 points!
  • Judith Jannetta 5y

    Beautifully done - and it's one of those "I wish I'd thought of that" shots too
    Seen in the group"Active Assignment Weekly: Voting : Weekly & Monthly" ( ?² )
  • Crystal 5y

    Nice direct approach. Creative as usual. And, yes, a great shot.
  • Catherine Hofler 5y

    Very nice. I like the colors and the sharpness and detail of the water droplets. I voted this best of week 2.
  • Brian Scott Berkovitz Photography 5y

    great shot, love the droplets..
    Seen in the group"Creative Tabletop Photography" ( ?² )
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