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Reflection in a Drop

By Hakobian
The photo is of a Snow Bush stem after a rain. I was trying to capture a good photo of rain drops with my new macro lens (Tamron 90mm). It was only after I put the picture up on my computer that I realized I had captured the reflection in the drop of water.

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
4 Mar 2019 12:29PM
When raindrops are hanging down from a stem like this, you can get terrific shots as the drop acts like a small lens.

If you has focused on this drop realising this the image would have been sharper, better focused.

We dont see you exif data, so cant comment on the camera setting that could have improved this.

This close, you should have been using a shutter speed in excess of 1/250th, and am aperture of around f/8, and manually focusing on the target drop.

If you can, let us know your shot settings in a comment


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 12:46PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery. Willie has covered the issues here, this needs to be sharp on the refracted image in the water drop. But I'll just elaborate a bit, because I see that Exif data hasn't been picked up by the site on any of your other earlier uploads. Normally the site system will pick this information up automatically, but I suspect that you are using Save for web, which strips the data from the file. We do ask to see the information in the Critique Gallery - for a subject like this there's not a lot that we can say without it. You can upload the full file and the site will resize as required, leaving the data intact.

I assume that you know where to find the data, but for reference - call up the thumbnail on your hard drive, right click on it, select Properties from the bottom of the right-click menu, then open Details. It should all be there. So you can add it in the Comments section.

Alternatively if you upload the original as a modification here we should be able to pick up the information.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2019 7:22PM
Hello, Carol, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I, too, would like to see your Exif Data, but while we are waiting for that, I will address your composition.

It is always pleasing to the eye if lines emanate from and leave in a corner of the frame. Sometimes it's only possible to get one part into a corner, but that's fine.
In order to do this with this image I had to rotate it 10 degrees clockwise, then crop.
I have done 3 modifications with different presentations. I selectively sharpened the drops.
Just a compositional suggestion for you to consider when next framing a strong diagonal like this.

Water drops will reflect their surroundings, but upside-down, which is always fascinating.
HERE is a short EPZ tutorial.
The important words here are, "Look through the viewfinder of your camera and select your focal point in the reflection of the water drop. This is the most important point of your photo."
This is where you want sharpness to be.
It looks like your focus fell on the stem on the right, which is a shame.

For this shot, it would have been helpful to focus on the left-hand drop because that has a better reflection.
Next time, spend some time looking for the best one, choose a good angle for your shot, and get your focus on the drop.
Your background has a nice graduation of tones.
Have fun!

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
5 Mar 2019 8:51AM
And welcome from me, too, Carol.

There's a lot of wisdom above, and I want to add just a couple of further suggestions.

Macro lenses are quite hard work for the camera's AF system, and so using manual focus and live view may well be the best way to work to ensure that you get precise focus: and remember that the image you see refracted in the droplet is, optically, much further away from the camera than the drop itself. You are relatively unlikely to get the image within and the twig the drop is attached to in focus at the same time.

It's a sort of miniature version of a glass ball.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2019 10:14AM
As above in general. Splitting hairs, but this is not a reflection, it's a transmitted image. the water droplet is acting as a lens showing a distortion of the view behind. For these to be successful you need them rather larger in the frame and pin sharp. that will mean a tripod and about f11 to f16 and great care in focusing. auto focus can work, but manual is more positive for set piece stuff.

Many serious macro workers use flash because it can be the only way to get low ISO for quality and a tiny aperture.


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