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My photobuddy Mary Brooks Brown ( and I are doing a summer long study of photographic ideas. We'll both be posting our best of images to our blogs and at my Flickr and Mary's Flickr sites.


We've seen water drops all over the internet and wanted to try it ourselves. I thought this was going to be really easy but it has it's difficulties. Getting color to show up was a challenge as well as focusing perfectly. I had maybe one shoot in ten that was any good at all but it was fun and I learned a lot about my close-up ring.


Our setup was a big clear bowl of water, a sheet of brightly colored paper behind it and our off-camera flash pointed at the paper from camera left. I used a close-up ring between the camera and the lens and that did a great job of pulling the drops in close. I set my camera flash to TTL and used an f-stop around 16 or so....something deep-ish to get both sides of the splash, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/180th.


Things I will do differently next time:

I'd use a black bowl, curious what effect that would give...I'm on the look out for said bowl now and when I find it, I'll try again!

Another thing I want to do is put something (a strawberry?) under the droplet...we didn't have time for that.

I think milk drops or oil drops might be fun.

Dropping food coloring in should be interesting too.

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Taken on June 23, 2009