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Thursday, 19 February 2009 10:27

Hidden life of water

 Mirror The idea of photographing water drops came to my mind not long time after I have started with photography in 2004. At that time I found a nice picture on the website – the picture of falling drop of water which was magnifying, as a fish-eye lens, the bathroom background behind the drop itself. Surprisingly, right the first shots of droplets I have made with my then camera Sony DSC 717 looked pretty good and these pictures were actually the very first pictures I was kind of proud to had been made by myself. I spent six long rainy Norwegian evening on photographing water drops then in winter 2004. Almost exactly three years later, but now with better equipment, I tried drops pictures again – and surprisingly, it was again in winter after I came back to Norway for few years. It might seem that the Canon 20D body with 100mm macro lens is ideal combination – sure, the image quality is far better – but the advantage of compact Sony 717 was by no doubts the large depth of focus even at open aperture that allowed to use shorter times. So with the canon 20D + macro 100mm lens combo I had to use small aperture (at least 9.0) and strong external flash to achieve nice sharp drops images with sufficiently short shutter speed. If you want to try out your own water drop photography, the setup is pretty easy – you need bathroom sink or deep pot with dripping water, some non-reflective background and camera on the tripod with mounted flash and focus set to manual regime – then you only have to press shutter again and again. There is a lot of trash shots of course but some captures are just magic! Somebody may say making pictures of water drops is cliché, but what is not today? – everything has been photographed before…but on the other hand, the beauty of photography is that none two pictures are identical – either you make photo of Grand Canyon at sunset or falling water in your bathroom. Here are my best pictures of water drops:

 

 

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the rest of the drops pictures is in the gallery under the link Water...

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 February 2011 09:05
 
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