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Old May 23, 2005, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I was wondering if any of you have ever tried shooting waterdrops on leaves, bottles, etc.

I've been thinking/wondering if it is possible to shoot a picture of a waterdrop on a leave for example, where you have a spark (reflection of the sun) on/in it.

Or maybe a bottle of water with a reflection of the sun on the edge, where you get a spark.

I hope you all know what I mean.

I want to know if any of you have done this before with a DX6490.
Or maybe if you have any experience shooting these types of photos.

Thanks in advance,
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Old May 23, 2005, 12:45 PM   #2
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First, no offense, but you're going to have to experiment on your own. A real positive side to digital photography is that you can take all the pictures you want, with no cost for film or developing.

That said, your question was interesting enough to push me into doing a test.

The sparkle seems to occur when the sun is at a fairly low angle and the camera is pointed toward it -- not aimed directly at the sun, but aimed downat the plant, with the sun backlighting the droplets.

Kind of like this (look for red triangles pointing out the sparkles)


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Old May 23, 2005, 12:46 PM   #3
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When the sun's overhead, the drops are less evident... and thereis little or no sparkle...


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... so, just add fake sparkles....

(By the way, we don't have any more sun here in the northeast US, not for a week at least, so the "sun" in my pictures is a small LED flashlight... that's why the bluish light).
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Thanks DG...nice pics...I think I saw the sun for a few minutes a couple three days ago but then someone told me it was Southwest flying under the clouds:-)

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Old May 24, 2005, 10:19 PM   #6
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Nice shots, DG. Here in Indiana the sun shines 10 hours a day...the 10 hours I'm at work.

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Very inventive DG! Goes to show if there's a will there's a way. Nice pics!

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Old May 25, 2005, 6:45 AM   #8
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DG,
Nice shots.

I like the 3rd pic better.
Is there a way to shoot the sparkle a bit bigger, like center on the photo??

I guess I have to wait a week, because you won't have any sun.... :sad:

Maybe the other guys could help out with some pics??
Maybe a a nice cold bottle of beer with drops and the sparkles??

Hmmmmm.... I wonder....


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bedde wrote:
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I like the 3rd pic better.
Is there a way to shoot the sparkle a bit bigger, like center on the photo??

I guess I have to wait a week, because you won't have any sun.... :sad:
Remember, the 3rd one is where I added fake sparkles. It is the same photo as the 2nd pic, but with artificial sparkles.

Meanwhile, you don't have to wait a minute, provided YOU have sun and a spray bottle.

Your camera,plants,water, and image software are really what you want to learn... and there is only one way to do that... take pictures!

Meanwhile, with software, all is possible (well, not actual sunlight -- latest weather report indicates we'll see it in 10 days. Everything is growing moss, including our cats.)


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bedde wrote:
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Maybe the other guys could help out with some pics??
Maybe a a nice cold bottle of beer with drops and the sparkles??

bedde, send me the beer and i will post the pics, LOL.

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