A Good Reason to Experiment
This picture of a water drop came from a morning’s photography experimentation (that’s another way to say I was goofing off trying to see what I could accomplish with vessels of water, an eyedropper, and my camera). My primary objective in the experiment was to get a picture of a water crown, which you may remember having seen in an old Budweiser commercial. I did achieve my objective, but I thought this photo was more interesting.
I took many pictures on this morning, many of which were trash. It took a while for me to figure out how to focus right where the drop was going to hit the water. I wound up holding a toothpick where I was going to aim for in the dish, autofocus on the toothpick, then take the camera off of autofocus. I then pressed the remote trigger and started the drops flowing. This favorite photo of mine was probably the third drop of water that was released in rapid succession. The previous two had dropped into the dish and pushed the water in the dish away from the impact point, leaving a “well” in the water. The third drop was captured hovering over the dish, a perfect sphere of water. In the well is a reflection of the drop above, which is reflecting back what you would see if you could see the bottom of the drop—a reflection of the dish itself.
Here’s the water crown that I was after. It’s a pretty cool image, too. You can see more results of my morning’s experiment in the Water Drops gallery here.
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300 D)
Lens: Canon EF-S 60 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec at f/9, ISO 100, flash fired
Date Taken: February 10, 2006
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