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Cute raindrops .

By Manas
After a sharp shower cute raindrops nested under leaf stem.

Please advise how this image could have been clicked better ?

Tags: Raindrops Colourful Close-up and macro Refraction leaf stem


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 7:48PM
This is not something that I have tried, but a few immediate thoughts.

Well done first of all for lining up the water drops so that they are in the same plane. You need greater depth of field, a smaller aperture. That will require use of a tripod. And you need the actual refracted image in the drop to be sharp, that's where I would want to focus.

Plus, this sort of take works best when the refracted image in the water drop is strong, recognizable. See this very attractive upload that appeared earlier today.

Just thoughts, I hope that someone with experience of this will come in soon.

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chase Plus
14 1.2k 259 England
29 Aug 2019 7:50PM
Hi Manas,
Not a lot wrong with this to my eyes, perhaps there is a little movement of the stem but nothing drastic, did you use a tripod ?
Colour is good the red looks good against the green (grass ? )
The bg is a little noisy did you crop the original ?
The reflection in the drops looks like a house and a tree, maybe you could have taken this from a different angle to give a more interesting reflection, flowers perhaps but remember the reflection will be upside down.
A dedicated macro lens would be the way to go with real close up stuff like this as you are right at the top end of the 70-300 it would improve the detail and sharpness too.
Well done for having a go, I will see if I can improve anything with right back !
chase Plus
14 1.2k 259 England
29 Aug 2019 8:11PM
Changes as per comment on mod.
I would have taken this with a macro lens, tripod, with an aperture of around F11
Hope that helps.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2088 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 8:47PM
Well done, Manas, for having a go at a tricky subject like this.
You have a very nice clean green background which I am very impressed with. I hope it was by design.

You have managed to capture some large water droplets and even the tiny hairs on the stem, but the droplets at the bottom let the image down somewhat. Your title suggests that your subject is the droplets on the bottom of the stem, and, as has been said, they would benefit from not only being better focused, but also containing a more interesting image.

I like the way you have positioned the stem on a diagonal, and that is very effective. There is a lot to think about with a shot like this, but you did well, and it was worthwhile shooting the image and presenting it here because you can learn something from it.

HERE is an informative EPZ article on Water Drop Photography which you might like to read.

dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
29 Aug 2019 9:19PM
I don't have much to add to Miora and Janet's thoughtful and helpful comments, apart from one thing.

Taht's about the border: usually, simpler is better - wide, elaborate borders tend to overpower the picture, and i think the one Janet has used in her mod is better than your original, because it's slim and subtle.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
30 Aug 2019 12:57PM
Can you upload the original as your own modification here?


Manas 8 India
30 Aug 2019 4:00PM
Attention Moira, Chase, Pamela, Dudler & Willie,
Thank you all for your kind responses. In fact I clicked that image hurriedly since my camera with 70-300 mm. lens was ready at that moment. But next time as advised, I will use macro & tripod for that kind of shot.
Camera was hand held & image has been cropped.
I have noted your advice on bordering of image & all other tips too.
Here I am uploading the original image for your looking.

dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
31 Aug 2019 9:13AM
Thanks for the original image.

A classic 'not going anywhere fast' shot - time to get out the tripod and other lenses...
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
31 Aug 2019 9:22PM
Thanks for the big image manas.

As you can see in my mod, the centre of this is in focus, quite detailed and sharp enough.

This sharpness falls of towards the sides; this is possible due to the branch being curved way from or towards the lens, to on the centre is sharp, and possible a little to do with using the lens wide open at it maximum aperture. this is often where the lens will be much less sharp towards the edges compared to the middle. I would think this would be better shot at f/11, using a higher ISO.

Take a look at the mod of your original shot to see what I mean,


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2019 6:49PM
You have actually done quite well with the equipment on hand - we see a lot worse with the 'proper' gear. Would stear clear of the fancy borders - they add nothing.

Manas 8 India
7 Sep 2019 4:36PM
Attention Dudler, Willie & Paul,

Thank u all once again for your advice, tips & modifications. These are all lessons to me.


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