Spent 5 mins this evening mucking about with water droplets. This was one of the first few shots. Duo-toned in post.

Vivitar 285HV at 1/16th, 105mm camera right, pointed down 30 degrees at subject.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 16th February 2008, This photo: 8:41pm

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  • photo by Alison said:
    Very lovely result Dave.... great colour, light and tones.
  • Xenedis said:
    Very nice.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Alison. 'twas a few minutes of self amusement ;-) This one turned out the best and was one of the earlier shots before I put white cardboard under the bowl. The background was quite dull and uninteresting so I played with the colours a bit.
  • David de Groot said:
    Didn't turn out too bad really. Not entering it in the WP comp though, too many droplet shots already.
  • 2day. said:
    Nice Photo there Dave. Colours look good!
  • petepothole said:
    Great capture David!
    I spent on near an hour one day & about 100 photos later & still didn't get the shot I wanted!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - quite duotone in lightroom for the colours.

    I took about 30 shots, but this one was in the first 6 or so. Still not exactly what I wanted, but it was in focus, so I settled for that ;-)
  • leadegroot said:
    ... so its only me who sees this one as phallic too?
    That'd be right.

    Ow! Dave! Don't hit me so hard!
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    Lea, I have been changing nappies lately. Yep, slightly phallic ... great shot, Dave !
  • David de Groot said:
    Nobody else saw that... I presume.

    Well ok, Ming saw it. :)
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    I like most have tried to get shots like this one without huge success. Was it a fluke or are you really that good? I know I’m not.
  • David de Groot said:
    Once I had the right equipment, it wasn't particularly difficult. A macro lens makes it fairly easy, tripod, flash, and an eye-dropper with a steady hand.

    Manually focus where the drops will land (or where you think you're going to drop them anyway), then drop the water from the dropper in a regular stream and fire off half a dozen shots. In general, you should get one out of that. Of course, some way to lock the dropper into a particular spot would make this easier still (maybe a clamp on a retort stand).
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Maybe that’s where I was going wrong, I was dropping a small stone into the water, made a hell of a mess I guess it was only water.
  • David de Groot said:
    I've done it with a bit of leek before, worked ok, but I had to do it outside 'cause of the splashing.