Ally Oop! by Ann  Van Breemen

Another drop shot from last year. Pink coloured milk being dropped into blue coloured water. I used a turkey baster, hand held, and squeezed it hard so the drops would fall in quick succession, at the same time opening the shutter via a cable release.

I used a ring flash attached to a 90mm macro lens, with a slave flash set to one side of the bowl, plus white cardboard surrounds for reflectors to even the lighting a bit.

It’s a very hit and miss method and one that results in maybe a 10% success rate. I do know I delete most of the shots I take and that I can spend hours trying to get a few good shots. (Not to mention the sore back from bending over the set-up) I think next year I might invest in proper timers and drip controllers and a proper table, even if it’s just to avoid the chronic back ache I get.(lol)

Canon EOS 500D. 90mm macro lens. Ring flash as master flash and Canon Speedlite 430EX as slave.

The only PS work done is to clean up spots that appeared from splashes on the lens, plus the usual levels adjustments.

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I am an avid photographer of 60+ and will shoot just about anything, although I’m not so good at moving objects. Anything faster than a snail leaves me for dead. (haha) I do prefer natural landscapes over urban ones but, really, nothing is safe from my lens. I also enjoy turning my failed images, and there are lots, into digital art.

In 2014 I started dabbling in Fractal Art using Apophysis 7x to satisfy my creative urges on the days when I can’t take photos.

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  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 4 years ago

    That is really cool – excellent image, can’t believe you haven’t uploaded it till now!

  • Thanks Kelly. It got lost amongst images that still needed processing. I am so far behind with work, plus I’m so easily distracted!! :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddover 4 years ago

    Great Shot!!!

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Ooooooooooooooooh…you are sooooo clever Ann..this is absolutely perfect ;-D

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, Lynnie.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • lpswarny
    lpswarnyover 4 years ago

    unreal shot ,, well done love it

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 4 years ago

    For the water release why not use a plastic bag above the water bowl and make a hole with a needle … easy and the drops always fall on the same spot. If you get a bit restless like me after a while you make a 2nd hole in the bag …

  • Thanks Fran. I’ll give it a try next time I get the urge to spend a few hours locked up in my bathroom.(lol):)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowover 4 years ago

    Love it.

  • Thank you very much.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Jay Stockhaus
    Jay Stockhausover 4 years ago

    Incredible capture! Wonderful colors.
    I built a stand for my water drop pictures from 1/2 inch PVC pipe and “tees”.

  • Thank you Jay. I used a milk crate and the top of the clothes dryer in my bathroom. Not much room at my place.(lol):)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Ann :-) love the colour mix

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 4 years ago

    fabulous capture, colours are very complimentary in this image

  • Thank you very much Di.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Dorothy Venter
    Dorothy Venterover 4 years ago

    Should be careful not to delete less than perfect captures. Try to see something else in them. This one looks like a little mother statue under a pink moon :-)

  • Thanks Dorothy. Actually most of the deleted ones were total misses or just ripples. Not even a fortune teller could see anything in them.(lol)

    – Ann Van Breemen

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