It’s a cliche shot I know – and as I’ve said before – that’s precisely why I had to shoot it!!

Nikon D80
Nikkor 105mm AFS VR
f/8 at 1/60 secs
SB600 bounced off an umbrella (you can see the reflection in the drop) held above.
WB set to shade to slightly warm the result.
The feather is of a Kite – a raptor.


  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...almost 5 years ago

    it’s so clear it looks 3 dimensional!!! I honestly get the illusion I can reach out and touch it Vik! well done buddy :)))

  • Thanks so much Nic … this was actually the first shot I took of it – was basically to test the light and was taken hand-held. The rest of them were taken with the camera on my tripod … but from a higher angle. As you said … this angle was the only one that gave the drop this 3-D quality.
    PS: Hold breath if taking such shots. Drops don’t balance on feathers very well – LOL!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • lucin
    lucinalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, my. You do cliche to heights previously unknown. Takes it right out of cliche, eh? Marvelous. Drop on feather. Too dear.

  • You are just too kind with your comments!! Thank you so, so much my dear friend!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Halmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Dinesh – when do we get to see your weekend shots? A. told me that you got some great shots this weekend? I must join you both sometime (if that’s ok?)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    Cliche or not, this is shot is awesome Vikram! I am favouriting this (of course) and noting all of the technical info because I am going to give this another go. I’ve tried with not much luck so far. I love your DOF and even though this is handheld I can’t believe the clarity of it! And that water drop is SO perfect and clear I feel like I could just reach out and grab it. Great light and composition too :)

  • Hey Shelly!! Since we have the same awesome lens – clarity won’t be an issue for you at all!!
    A tip I forgot to mention in the description – try the drops with cold water – something about surface tension being higher in colder water. I found that to be true … as it warmed up the drop got flatter and lost those rounded edges.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Sarah Jennings
    Sarah Jenningsalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning. Well done. =D

  • Thank you so much!! So glad you like it!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Halmost 5 years ago

    It would be my pleasure Vikram if you join us! that would be a great learning for me too. yes, we had a nice learning weekend. Problem with me is now, I have too many weekend shots and just don’t know which one ot upload!! and of course they being no closer to what you guys got on your gallery here!!!

  • LOL!! Decisions, decisions ….. always better to be spolit for choice than to not have them at all!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Sally Green
    Sally Greenalmost 5 years ago

    WAY COOL VIKRAM!!!! superb, spot on and stunning macro!! well done my friend!! x

  • Cheers Sally!! I realised I’m not very good at macro-composition with this one! Had to crop a little to get this closer to the thirds.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...almost 5 years ago

    This is wonderful work again it looks like a macro shot of a water droplet on the back of a bee but then I read the description (The feather is of a Kite – a raptor ) Cool!

  • Thank you so much Anthony!!
    Now that would be a capture indeed! – A drop on a bee!!
    Nah – these subjects were perfectly harmless! The Kite is like a small eagle.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • simoneb
    simonebalmost 5 years ago

    Oh so delicate, great tones too Vikram!!

  • Thanks Simone! I really liked the way the drop appeared all poised and ready to burst (hence the title).

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Svetlana!

    – Vikram Franklin

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