Hi everyone, wanted to make sure I'm not forgotten, so here's a really cool shot I took. THINK FEET!!!!! And don't forget, my pictures are not photoshopped, they are the real deal...I probably won't ever get this again, so I wanted to share it with you all....
Yes it does Carl. It's just a waterdrop. I have drops suspended up above a baking dish, and when they drop, I just shoot and pray. I've got some amazing different designs. You can't believe this can be simply water. The colors are from colored pieces of card stock sitting behind my dish and my flash facing it.
Thanks again everyone, it is so interesting what I get sometimes, and you don't really get to appreciate it until you are looking at them on the computer after a very long backbreaking day of staring at a baking dish full of water. Anthony, I don't want to rotate it simply because it wouldn't make it believeable. The shot is just a drop of water coming from the top down into a dish of water. Rotating it would look like I manipulated it and that is something I don't do. The most I do with any of my waterdrop shots is throw them in photoshop, crop, lighten or darken and clone out the dust bunnies. I don't add or substract of move them around, to me that wouldn't be honest. But thanks for the thought though. I have had quite a few people ask me if they are photoshopped, and I am glad to answer no, only doing what I mentioned above. I don't know any way of proving that to anyone, but I have all my originals with all the exif data so I guess that would be one way, I don't know. Oh Alex, actually I have now over 12 of my waterdrops up for sale at two different galleries. But I tell you what, as I look at the photos I had placed last year in the one gallery, these babies don't even come close....Practice makes perfect!!!!!! Thanks everyone for all the great compliments.
You said... "and when they drop, I just shoot and pray."
Maybe it is your prayer that made it. LOL Did you use a rectangular baking dish? I guess if you use a transparent round mixing dish the shape will be different too...add your prayer to the shape too and you get the shot right...
Man...I wish I have your patience...I've done waterdrop shots one with the American flag but I can't replicate it anymore...I just gave up.
Hey Izzie, don't give up!!! That's your first mistake. It does take patience, but if you take one whole day and make a note of EVERYTHING you do, lighting, setup, camera settings, and keep notes, then it gets easier and easier. You may not always get that perfect shot, BUT the setup of everything takes you half the time. My whole problem was I got so into clicking, clicking, clicking the shutter, never paying attention to EXACTLY what I did when I did get a good shot and then everything was like I said, "shoot and pray". But after awhile, you spend a lot less time making all those settings and adjustments and get to spend more time getting keeper. Get back on the bandwagon and give it another chance. It really is quite fun...And I will help you along, just ask....
That is a greaaaaaat shot. Do you do it in the sink, inside, outside is it a cooky sheet or class baking dish. Do you let it drip out of the faucet or do you splash it somehow. I keep looking at it trying to figure out how you did it. Did you use a tripod??? How about showing some others. I love it. Your shooting is getting really good. I hope you sell them all and get enough money to buy the lens of your dreams. Fran
Hi Francine, sorry it took me so long to get back on here again and see that you had posted questions. Now I hope you get back on here to see the answers. This was taken using my d90 and 105 macro lens I believe. I am now using a system called the stop shot....Actually, I am not using it to it's full potential I know that, but I am getting better results just using it to make my drops. It is just a set up that actually replaces my baggie full of water. But now I can push a button and get one drop at a time when I am ready for it, which works well for me. And I still place my 2 flashes on either side of the baking tray for the lighting. That's done with commander mode. So my $400 dollar baggie just makes it easier for me to drop the drops exactly when I want them to instead of the constant dripping of the baggie. Let me attach a setup that I have used forever before I got the stop shot, this is how I have acquired most of my waterdrops. I don't have the flashes setting there but one would be aimed at the little glue stick in the middle of the tray and one would be aimed at the blue background for the color... The glue stick is for the focusing...Let me know if you need detailed instructions and I can pm them for you....I'm glad you like my work.
Hey Francine, know not $4.00 baggie, I was actually making a funny, I'm referring to me going all out and buying the $400.00 "Stop-Shot" set up that I thought would be easier for me to get the shots I wanted, only to see that a 25 cent zip-lock baggie would get me the same shot....Don't get me wrong, the stop shot allows me now to press a button and get one drop at a time, or two if I need, but since that is all I am using it for it was a little pricey for just luxury. The red thing at the bottom of that baggie is simply a push pin. I use it to poke a hole through the bottom of my baggie...Once I get everything set up, then I go ahead and take that pin out then the water starts dripping. So there isn't anything staying at the bottom of the baggie, the drips start flowing....Hope that explains it.
I am going to try that one day. I am leaving for florida to visit my sister next wednesday and am stopping at Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Jacksonville Zoo and then over to Cape Coral. Sanabel Island and St Petersburg. Lots of birding. Thanks for telling me your secrets. I went to Lock and Dam 14 couople weeks ago and with over 950 shots I deleted almost all and maybe had 3 keepers. I still have more practice to do with in flight. It was amazing to watch the eagles.
I am aware that my first attempt at capturing liquid drops have no artistic merit, and I posted the pics to tell about TriggerTrap, which can be used to trigger the camera after an adjustable delay after a drop falls past the sensor. It is not clear to me how you trigger your camera, and what is the function of the "Stop-Shot"?
P.S. Rest assured that with or without this fabulous shot you will not be forgotten :)
Hey Antero, I checked your milk drops,,,not bad, not bad at all..I've never heard of a triggertrap...sounds pretty scary to me...I trigger my camera manually by using my remote....and the stop shot, is just my advanced method of my baggie. Not sure if you have read or remember, my first attempt at waterdrop photography was with a baggie full of water suspended above my baking glass for of liquid,,usually colored water. I then would use a needle and poke a hole in the bottom of the baggie and let the drops begin... Now, I've gotten lazy and didn't feel like filling up the bag every time it ran dry which when it is constantly dripping water, it doesn't take long. So I got on line and figured out what else was out there and ran across this site that sold this contraption for waterdrop photography...What I'm using the most is the container that holds my water. It is a round tube that I can fill up with water and the drops are released one by one whenever I pushed the button on a controller that sits on my table. Even though the cost was high, it has been well worth it for me...And as I stated before, I am certainly not yet using it to it's full potential...So all I use it for is to replace my cheap 1 cent baggie....but it's way neater than running to the sink every 5 minutes. This machine also has the potential to set off my flashes, I'm still working on that yet. So I typically leave my flash on my camera and go from there....I am finding that darker colored water are making the drops a lot sharper than the plain water itself... any questions.....you know where I live,,,well not really, I'm on here.....heheheehe
Hi Darlene... I've always enjoyed your photos. Especially the flag photos. And it's very kind of you to share the techniques of thephotographing. Hope you don't mind me playing with your photos. I made a frog for my desktop...