Rainbow Water Drop

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    whelleson, aug3zimm, trunkguysw, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Gatineaujoe 44 months ago | reply

      Pretty! Love the colours!

    2. camaelon 44 months ago | reply

      wow, it's really good! great picture.

    3. SheRunk 44 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot

    4. fractalthoughts 44 months ago | reply

      What a fantastic shot!

    5. jar () 44 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! Could you explain how it was done?

    6. Sprogz 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the nice comment :)

      I mounted my Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens and 68mm of Kenko extension tubes to my EOS 500D and placed this on a tripod at the edge of my desk facing my PC monitor.

      I displayed a rainbow image full screen on my monitor, rotated 180 degrees because the refraction in the water drop will appear upside down and so rotating the rainbow image 180 degress will correct this in the photographed refraction showing rainbow colours in the correct order, red, orange, yellow... from left to right.

      I stuck a wooden spoon in a tall glass about 6 inches in front of the monitor and taped a small cutting from a Greek Basil plant (I think that's what it was) because it was 1am and it was growing in a pot on the windowsill :) I'd like some "proper" clamp stands at some point.

      I used a dropper to build up a water drop on a suitable leaf. The more spherical the water drop, the less distorted the image but push it too far and the drop falls off the leaf and you have to start another one. The challenge is to get the biggest water drop without it falling off. Hours of fun ;)

      I focused on the water drop, using the Live View Zoom mode of the EOS 500D to ensure my macro was focused nicely on the water drop. Because depth of field on this setup is shallow I shut the aperature down to between f/8 and f/16. For some reason I'm not totally sure of, I shot with the lights off o_O so shutter speed was typically between 10" and 30".

      I used a Canon RS-60E3 cabled shutter release to reduce chance of blur but of course I could have used a 2 second timer.

      For some added interest, I manually fired my Speedlite 430EX II flash from various points around the water drop. Flash still baffles me so it was trial and error to see what looked best :)


    7. Sprogz 44 months ago | reply

      Thank you all for your kind comments. This was my first water refraction attempt.

      Learned lots; lots still to learn :)

    8. jeffm211 44 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot! Sounds like a lot of work, but it was worth it.

    9. Sprogz 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks Jeff.

      Well, I started setting up at midnight (silly idea, I know) and my Canon battery pack ran out (luckily?) at 2.45am else I could have continued shooting 'til dawn!

    10. trunkguysw 44 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot. Well done.

    11. camaelon 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your detailed explanations and the setup shots, I was wondering how you were able to get such a "big" drop... truly didn't appreciate how small the leaf was :)

    12. Theen ... 40 months ago | reply

      A masterpiece.

    13. Sprogz 6 months ago | reply

      Thank you :)

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