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Waste not one drop by blueeyesjus

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Initially this started out as an ink drop experiment, inspired by my very talented RB friend parmi but it somehow morphed into this, a simple shot (excuse the pun lol) but it was so frustrating for so many reasons, mainly the timing and lighting. I played around with lots of ‘homemade’ light sources but settled on a light box (used for viewing negs.) standing upright in the background (the white ‘spikes’ in the background are the flared out flouro tubes of the box) and a desk lamp with a cardboard snoot in the foreground to bounce some light off the water drop. Using an eye dropper (out of frame) I then just took endless pics in succession trying to grab the water drop, using shutter speeds of 1/500 to 1/1250, I played around with food dye so I could focus better on the actual drop but I was lucky enough to get one or two shots where a normal water drop was in focus and the right shape. I also found focus to be a real problem so my trusty metal rule (with nice big numbers) was used next to the shot glass to manually focus on where the drop was going to be before shooting.

It’s also a nod to our drought stricken home and how precious every drop of water seems to be at the moment and in fact a dripping kitchen tap in the background whilst shooting was the inspiration

Camera: Canon A590 IS

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  • WingsOfAngelz
    WingsOfAngelzabout 5 years ago

    Great Stop Motion Shot HUn!!!!

  • Thanks so much hun

    – blueeyesjus

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 5 years ago

    (and love the thought behind it too)

  • Thanks Wendy, your thoughts always much appreciated

    – blueeyesjus

  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJabout 5 years ago

    now this I like. clean lines, refelction and great persective and idea. It is wonderful when an image gives us something to think about not just something to look at. Well done!

  • Hey Selina, thank you so much for the kind words, my leaking kitchen tap gave me this idea (it’s now fixed of course lol)

    – blueeyesjus

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic, this is just perfect, as Selina said above clean lines and a defined image.

    would just mind adding your shutter speed to this as i would love to try in myself sometime and it would help as a learning tool. A fav for me. : )

  • Aww thankyou for such a nice comment Karen. The shutter speed was 1/500 with an ISO of 200, I had better results with higher speeds upto 1/1250 but the shape of the drop etc. weren’t as great so I opted for the slower shots. I would use as a high a shutter speed as you can but keep the ISO down to reduce graininess, I hope that helps, I am a complete amateur at these types of shots so I just played around alot till I got something that worked

    – blueeyesjus

  • rosson1
    rosson1about 5 years ago

  • What a wonderful honour, thank you so much Ralph, I found your wonderful group through one of your hosts, Nic, and was amazed at the quality of work so to be featured is so appreciated

    – blueeyesjus

  • WingsOfAngelz
    WingsOfAngelzabout 5 years ago

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ;o) CONTRATULATIONS ON YOUR FEATURE Hun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well Done!!!!! Definitely deserved!!!!

  • lol..thanks for the woo-hoo, it definitely was a nice surprise

    – blueeyesjus

  • WingsOfAngelz
    WingsOfAngelzabout 5 years ago

    ;o) You’re so welcome Hun, you did an awesome job on it, and as I said it was well deserved!!!!!!! As for the wooooo hoooo lol it was a necessity ;o) Woooooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooooooo !!!

  • lol, you always make me smile, thankyou hun

    – blueeyesjus

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 5 years ago

    ohhh, I just love this, perfect comp.. and fantastic stop action… congrats!!

  • Thankyou so much Linda, what a wonderful surprise and honour and what a great comment

    – blueeyesjus

  • WingsOfAngelz
    WingsOfAngelzabout 5 years ago


  • lol thanks and thanks for the banner, it’s mezmerizing =)

    – blueeyesjus

  • R. Mike Jacobson
    R. Mike Jacobsonabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature. It is an incredible shot. Well worth the time and thought that went into it – IMHO!

  • Thanks so much Jake, yup I must admit it did draw all my patience lol, nice to se a new face too

    – blueeyesjus

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