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Project #365 Day 186 – Splish Splash, I Was Takin’ a Bath…

water droplet photography, Sri Lanka

Nikon D90, 105mm focal length, 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 3200, no flash

There’s a tutorial over at Digital Photography School, which is, by the way, a cool photographic website, on water droplet photography. If you’re interested in playing with photography or looking at pretty and interesting photos, I seriously suggest you take a gander through that thread. 🙂

I didn’t do my setup the same way the guy in the thread did his. Instead of using a coloured plate below a glass dish for color and a piece of coloured paper for the background, my setup is this:

water droplet photography, Sri Lanka

I put my cutting board over the sink, a glass pie plate on the cutting board, and added food colouring to the water in the pie plate so I wouldn’t have to worry about a nonexistent coloured plate. Seemed simpler. 🙂

I also did this underneath the tap so I could use the tap to provide the water rather than setting up something else to dribble.

I played around with the angles a bit, and ended up shooting the water droplets with the open window behind the setup. That also meant that I ended up with the jambu tree outside reflecting in the water, providing the greenish yellow colouring in the pictures.

It was difficult to get the water drops in focus – my kitchen is not very bright, much to my dismay. 🙂 On the other hand, it was enough fun that this is something I’ll definitely do again. 😀 It’ll be interesting to see how future experiments end up. 😉

My favourite is the last picture. No, none of the photos are crisp like the majority of the images in the thread I mentioned above, but I especially like the abstract feel, to me anyway, of the last picture in particular.

water droplet photography, Sri Lanka

Nikon D90, 105mm focal length, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 3200, no flash

water droplet photography, Sri Lanka

Nikon D90, 105mm focal length, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 3200, no flash

What do you think?

12 thoughts on “Project #365 Day 186 – Splish Splash, I Was Takin’ a Bath…”

  1. Nice and interestingly abstract pictures of water drop. It looked different from the rest of the water drop world :-). I think usage of flash would have given you speed as well of higher f stop.
    regards
    Krishna mohan

  2. Krishna, I tried this again a couple of days later with a flash, and yes, completely different results. I’ll post those a bit later. 🙂

  3. Kala, if you’re interested in trying this out, follow the link at the top of the post. The opening post in that forum thread describes one way to do this, and other people chime in with their experiences and resulting images. 🙂

    Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  4. Thanks! I’m also glad I tried it out. I’ll probably try a few other things, too, just to see what happens…

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  5. awesome! The last pic left me wondering though, did you put something white in the water to get an effect like that, or was that from the flash? I imagine a drop of milk floating on top of the colored water and water droplets breaking the surface…

    wonderful work! if you used a tripod, i recommend using manual focus for shots like these 😉

  6. Ihsan, I added nothing white to the water. That effect is partially from the outside light reflecting off the water in combination with the slow shutter speed which blurs the water movement. Although now I’m tempted to play around with solid colours to see what’ll happen… 🙂

    I don’t yet have a tripod, unfortunately – it’s on my list. 🙂 I used manual focus. No way could the camera’s autofocus, as fast as it is, keep up with this. 🙂

    Thanks!

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