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My first h2o shot, the essence of life Where would we be, our planet be, without this link so very essential?<br />
Did you know a newborn baby can consist, on an average, of 75% of water? As we get older it seems to evaporate a bit, though a moving body of water we still are. Amazing little element, h2o.  Geotagged,The Netherlands,drop,droplet,h2o,water Click/tap to enlarge

My first h2o shot, the essence of life

Where would we be, our planet be, without this link so very essential?
Did you know a newborn baby can consist, on an average, of 75% of water? As we get older it seems to evaporate a bit, though a moving body of water we still are. Amazing little element, h2o.

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  1. Hi FraJH, being on a photo coarse together, I posted this one before showing it there (I already know the next assignment:)). Keep it silent:) Good luck with your shots! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Cool! Care to share the technique on this one? Posted 6 years ago
    2. Hope I can go tomorrow, feeling poorly with fever. Posted 6 years ago
    3. Saw a lot of waterdrop photos of professionals, always wanted to make one myself in the far future. So don't be afraid will come up with something else if I know the assignment. Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
  2. I was planning to do so later, but what the heck (photo coarse grin, FraJH, don't copy this during the coarse:)).
    I read a bit about waterdrop shots. You would need a lot of equipment, like multiple mounted flashlights or a whole set of halogen bulbs and diffuser things to soften the light.
    Shops were closed and I ran out of money, shopping was not an option:)
    As I did not have any of them and still wanted to spend an evening packed with fun I assembled the following tools:
    * One 780 lumen led light (CRE-XP-G R5 white leds) Fenix TK45 (mouth full, but a wonderful and amazing urban exploring lightsource) (any bright flashlight will do, I'm just bragging here)
    * One additional led light (el cheapo led worklight)
    * A table version of a painter's easel (or any frame that doesn't fall off my table)
    * A piece of paper towl (or thin white cloth)
    * a black shallow oven plate
    * a small plastic flask or such, does the dripping, filled with water
    * small tripod
    * DSLR
    * and a darkish environment, not too bright as reflections on water will be too bright

    Now setting up this complex set of equipment:
    * put the easel frame on the table, the top part of the easel bending a bit towards you
    * take a metre of length the paper towl and drape it on the easel. This will diffuse the main led light source
    * place the oven plate in front of the easel. The top part of the easel is hovering a bit above the plate
    * fill the plate with water, don't overfill it as you will have to clean your table:)
    * put the bright led light source behind the easel and aim it at the paper towel at the bottom of the easel. If the towel was not in place your DSLR would look into the light.
    * place the other less bright led light on the table surface of just above it and aim it somewhere towards the middle of the plate (where you'll be dripping later on)
    * place your DSLR in front of the plate, facing the plate, easel and lightsource behind the paper towl. Mount it low, hovering a bit above the table
    * now mount your flask on the easel, its nozzle/mouth hovering above the water filled plate
    * squeeze it gently, dripping waterdrops on the plate
    * memorize where the drops hit the water (I put a piece of plastic thingy on its surface at that spot. Makes focussing easier than focussing thin air.
    * Put your camera in manual focus. Focus on the thin piece of plastic. Focussing is the main difficulty when shooting waterdrops, at least I discovered so yesterday evening
    * You'll be shooting at 1/1600th of a second, or faster. Anything slower will blur your images.
    * I shot variying f1.8 to f8. The Depth of Field (DOF), aka the depth of sharpness of your picture depends on the aperture you choose. f1.8 is easy to use as 1/1600 is less hard to reach but will have a shallow depth (only the drop will be sharp, not the surrounding water). f8 has much more sharpness in the shot, but will probably need a higher ISO setting.
    * try to shoot at ISO 100, or higher if you need it given aperture and limit of 1/1600th of a second shooting time.
    * Mind: a full step higher aperture (f) value will need an ISO value times two if you hit the 1/1600th mark. Example f1.8 1/1600 iso 100 is possible. If I want more sharpness I can set f2.8. This will set my speed to 1/800th which is too slow. To keep the 1/1600th I will need to double my ISO, so f2.8 1/1600 iso 200. Etc. etc.

    The trouble with normal (f3.5 and up for example) lenses will be the 1/1600th of a second challenge. You will need to increase your ISO probably, yet it creates more noise. So the best way is to add another flashlight.
    It will also help to determine camera speed by selecting the brightest area on your shot to set the speed. Then aim at another spot and still keep this speed. It will darken your shot a bit perhaps, but it adds to the mysterious effect:)

    Give it a try, it will fill up your evening:)!

    Posted 6 years ago
  3. Did not spellcheck the above comment, so show some forgiveness:) Posted 6 years ago
  4. Ps. the blueish reflection is my second flashlight (worklight, not too bright but many leds on it) aimed from the side. It looks like its reflecting a light from up front, but that is not the case here. Posted 6 years ago
  5. Read about it in a newly created Photo campus topic: Ludo's drops of water
    Posted 6 years ago

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Uploaded Dec 18, 2012. Captured Dec 17, 2012 20:34 in Aldenheerd 9, 6003 NV Weert, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/1328s
  • ISO400
  • 50mm