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Waterdrop art

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by jirel, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. I haven't done much photography lately and haven't shot any waterdrops for a long time but here's a few from today. Easier to play around indoors in the warmth than outside in the cold for this old guy.

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  2. Cool, or as the kids say , kewl or is kwel or???? How about a description of how you did it?
  3. Thanks.

    Basically, these were taken with my D500 on a tripod with a Tamron 90mm lens in a dimly lit room. I mainly use a SS of 1/2 sec, f 20-32, low ISO. For these, I used two flashes, one bounced off some multi colored fabric, one with a blue gel aimed at target area. I used a drip pan painted flat black as the water reservoir. I manually prefocus on target area. The water drops wander slightly but this gives a good estimate of drop zone. The flash aimed at the target area is set at a reduced duration to freeze the motion. I use a "Time Machine"/drip kit to help with easily varying timing of flashes and other variables to see different effects. I also added some liquid soap to water and some acrylic paint to droplet reservoir. These additions vary the viscosity/elasticity of the liquid and can change the effects of the liquid sculptures. I just play around with the variables looking for something a little unique.

    Hope this gives you some idea. I have a power point presentation that I gave once to a photo club on how I do it but not sure if I could load it on here.
  4. 2 things hit me: darkened room and flat black pan! Thanks.
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  6. Thank you both.
  7. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    How fabulous are these!! I would love to do this one day!
  8. These are as good as anything I've seen of this type. I really like all of them and, like Lyndee, would like to give it a try. Without your explanation I think I would have been trying much faster shutter speeds.
  9. Thank you. When I started I just used a sandwich baggie filled with water and stuck a pin hole in it for the drip. A little more intricate now but still fun playing around.

    Thank you very much. Try it, it's fun to see what you can come up with. However, be prepared to take a number of shots to get those few you want.
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