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Old Jun 16, 2013, 9:55 PM   #1
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Last year I played around with water drop pictures a couple of times. They turned out to be more challenging than I had expected, but very rewarding when I got them right. Here's a couple from the last time I tried it.



I thought I would try to add some contrast color, but didn't have any food coloring on-hand. I was wracking my brain what I could use that was in the cupboard, when I looked at the bottle of Gatorade that I was drinking. Duh!



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Fascinating and beautifully done!
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 10:15 PM   #3
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Thanks! These are actually rather fun to do on a day when I don't feel like going outside.
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Beautiful shots! I found drip shots very tricky but fun, too! I like your lighting, makes the water look clear and pretty.
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Gorgeous shots, I have yet to master this one
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Nice, enjoyed viewing.
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The crown is stunning!
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Thank you all for the compliments - if you've never tried it, you should give it a go (though expect frustration). If you have anti-shake and are using a tripod, remember to turn it off. How do I know? The second time I tried this I got all fuzzy pictures and couldn't figure out why, until I realized I hadn't used flash and had the SR turned on.

saly - the water was clear in the beginning, until I started dropping the gatorade in. The container was a clear pyrex dish and I think I had it on a cutting board or else a metal cookie sheet or something like that. The main lighting was a flash unit fired wirelessly off to the side, nothing special with the set-up.

Getting the timing right for crowns was much harder for me than taking the drops themselves. I got very few crowns, this one being the best.
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Getting the timing right for crowns was much harder for me than taking the drops themselves. I got very few crowns, this one being the best.
I think I read some place that you only get the perfect crown if the liquid is shallow.
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I think that's true. I was using a small Pyrex dish with not a lot of water in it, so the water wasn't deep.
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