Water Drops. (C&C welcome)

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  1. John_05

    John_05 TPF Noob!

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    I've seen this done hundreds of times, but never tried it myself.

    I was bored one night, so I decided to try it.

    I took a glass bowl and filled it with cold water and placed it on top of my file cabinet (along with a towel to contain the mess).

    I set a 36" silver reflector above the bowl, tilted slightly towards the camera and flash. I hung a dragon towel I have on a piece of foam board behind the bowl for a colorful backdrop.

    With my camera and tripod set about 6 feet back, I focused on a coin I hung from a string in the general area I expected the drops to be. Once I got a good focus on the coin, I set the lens to manual focus.

    Rather than try to get uniform water drops without a dropper, I decided to drop small glass marbles into the water. After about 20 tries, this is the best one I managed to get.

    These are straight out of the camera, except for a slight sharpen after resizing.

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    Here is a link to a slightly larger version.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v348/john13901/d012afae.jpg

    I don't know if the EXIF is still intact, so I'll post that too.

    Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG with macro.
    f/13
    1/200
    190mm focal length
    metering mode - partial

    Any comments/critique or tips anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well done!
    Looks like one of my droplet photos that went into a small exhibition a couple of days ago! The surface looks just that tiny bit tilted, that's all, everything else is good.
    At 190mm, the Sigma had not gone into macro function as yet?
     
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    John_05 TPF Noob!

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    Thank you LaFoto.

    The edge of the bowl is slightly tilted. I hadn't noticed that. I thought it was just due to the shape of the bowl. I might try a reshoot when I get my bowl back. :lol:

    I wanted to use the macro function, but my apartment is a little too small. I couldn't get it focused in the limited space I have.

    For a lens that only cost $120.00USD brand new, I think it works pretty well.

    Thanks again for the compliments and for pointing that edge out. ;)
     
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    oh thats great, very colourful, i keep meaning to try these with my sigma 70-300 apo dg macro too, maybe this week ill get round to it :)
     
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    Very cool shot. I keep meaning to try these, I'll definitely use at least some of your set up technique.
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup:

    Excellent. ​
     
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    I've got the APO version as well and think I might try this as well.

    OP - I notice that you didn't need to use macro mode to get this shot. It also makes me wonder.....if you used macro mode at 200-300mm I bet you could focus close enough to get near full frame of the water droplet and possibly some cool reflections from the droplet. I may give this a shot....your shot is very nice by the way.
     
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    Very Very nice. And ur setup is simple and effective.
     
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    Thanks everyone.

    I actually have a picture of the set up I used. I was going to post it when I made the thread, but I was half awake and forgot to add it.

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    When I try this again, I'd like to be able to catch more of the dragon reflected in the drop. I think moving the towel down a bit and using something else to get a slightly larger drop will help.

    I wanted to try that, but I couldn't move back far enough. I may try taking everything upstairs to the solarium so I have more than enough room to get just the drop in the frame.

    Thanks again to everyone for the comments.
     
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    I meant to ask, why sharpen after resizing? Is this preferable or a matter of taste? (Genuine "don't know the answer" type question. :))
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    I normally don't sharpen after i resize, unless it loses a bit of detail. In this case, I think it looked a little bit softer, so I sharpened it, but only very slightly. I'm not sure if the percentage you size it down has an effect, but sometimes I notice sharpening isn't needed. I know when viewing the image in PSP X2 at an odd percentage, it looks softer. That may be why sometimes it's needed after a resize. I'm not sure.
     

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