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#1 polkad0t


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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:38 AM

I've jumped onto the water/milk droplet bandwagon :D These are really fun to take, but require soo much patience. I took a total of about 300 photos and only a handful came out nice and sharp:

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Milk is thicker than water, so it's slower and easier to photograph.

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Water falling from my kitchen faucet.

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These are so fun. If anyone wants any pointers, I'll be more than happy to help :D

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:42 AM

Holy cow, those are more then amazing! Lovely detail in each shot, you are a wonderful photography. :) Also if you do have a few pointers, I'd love to hear a few. :D

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:46 AM

Oh Mai Gawd o-o
Those are amazing.
Pointers would be helpful. xD
They are so...clear o-o

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:07 AM


Curse you people and your fancy macro...I have no idea where my dad put his for our camera D:

I love the 3rd picture n_n

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:45 AM

D'aw, you guys are too nice :lovestruck: I actually don't have macro lens, but I'm working on convincing the 'rents to buy them for me :D

Anyways, a lot of people on flickr and this photo forum have really fancy setups, complete with timed droppers, studio lights, etc. I did this with my friend when she came over [no school for the past week] and our setup was reallyyyy simple. We basically had a chair, two desklamps, and a martini glass filled with water. The "backdrop" was a bunch of notecards taped to 2 pieces of construction paper.

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I hope this pic is OK, since it doesn't show her face ;D

Anyway, you can take these pics alone if you have a tripod, but even if you do, it's way easier with two people. The dropper was vertically held in the water in a spot where the droplets were aimed and camera was manually focused. After that, I held the camera at that angle while my friend dripped the water. I used the built in flash and just shot 500million pics :D This takes a tonn of patience and is really tiring :faint:

Some things that I noticed about the droplets:
• The shallower the water, the wider the splash. If you just have a thin layer of water, you get crowns. The deeper the water, the rounder the drops.
• They come out better if the water is dropped from a higher point.
• What you choose to hold your water affects your pictures. I like using glass, just cause it looks better, but colored bowls work nicely. Also try finding a bowl/dish with a thin rim, because thick rings look weird.
• Shoot with a colored background, so you can easily edit the pics and change the color of your droplets if you're using a colored liquid.

Good luck, everyone :D LMK if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to seeing your outcomes!

BTW, although this is easier with a DSLR, I've tried this with my plain old point-and-shoot, and some pics came out nciely. The timing is just different ;D

Edited by polkad0t, 22 February 2009 - 08:50 AM.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:07 AM

Wow, really nice pictures! I love the ones with the colour. I may have to spend a free afternoon trying this one day.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 03:19 PM

:D Beautiful! :heartbeat:
You and your friend did a great job! :)
Such a great idea for people that don't own a fancy camera (i.e. myself! :P ).
Thanks for sharing. :)

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:51 PM

Holy cheese! Those are fantastic! :D

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:27 PM

Wow those are hawttt.
I remember someone taking a video and using one of the stills as the final picture, though videos are sometimes badder quality.
I love the third one :)

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:59 AM

Wow, these are awesome. I love the third one especially, I like how it's somewhat symmetrical and how the water drop's colors is divided into 4.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 01:54 AM

AWESOME!! Do you have a DA?? (DeviantART)