dave's 365 project

Day 29 – water

Posted in Things by Dave on January 29, 2010

I have a thing for water.

Tech info:

This is actually much easier to do than it seems.  The water is in a baking pan sitting on my table. You can use anything to hold the water and it doesn’t need to be deep. A longer pan would have been better though. There is a white poster board behind it. I aimed an off camera flash at the background so the water drops become back-lit.

If you want to have fun with colors, change the background from white to any color you want. For example, if you want the water to look red, just put a piece of red paper behind the water. Colorful book covers look good with this technique.

The hardest part is to get the focus right. To do that, you need to know where the water drop is going to land. It is necessary to have a tripod or you will drive yourself crazy trying to get the focus right. Trust me on this one.

I used a stand to hold a cooking syringe in place. Once you figure out where the water is going to land, just set the focus point to that spot. I just put my finger right where the water landed and used auto focus to set it. Once the auto focus finds your spot, switch it to manual focus so you don’t lose the spot. Now that your camera is on a tripod and the camera is focused where the water drops will land, it’s just a matter of timing. Let the water drip and fire away. Every picture is different.  The water drops in this picture are blue because I added blue food coloring towards the end.

A picture is worth a thousand words so here’s a set up shot:


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  1. goldensindy said, on January 30, 2010 at 8:18 am


  2. AmyBean said, on February 7, 2010 at 7:52 am


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