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Water Drop

By johnMathew  
Rain drop falling from the ceiling when sun was shining after rain.

Tags: General Close-up and macro

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4 Aug 2009 11:47AM
This is a good first attempt at capturing a water drop, but it isn't perfect. First of all, though, I want to say how nice the bokeh in the background looks. The colours are very well presented too - the saturation, I think, is just right.

However, the raindrop is not particularly in focus - it needs to be a lot sharper to be effective in this shot. Try getting a macro lens or extension tubes so you can get in closer, or try focussing manually so that the drop is crisp. Also, it helps with these kinds of shots if there is something reflected in the drop of water, to add more interest to the scene.

Here are some interesting shots from flickr to get you started:
somnathchatterjee 12 67 175 India
4 Aug 2009 8:14PM
i agree with the comment above. generally for macro photography, your subject matter should be sharp. but here it is not sharp at all. the lens you have used for this shot is not a macro lens and it can not allow you to go closer to the subject so that it becomes sharper. a true macro lens can allow you to take an image going very close to the subject and also it can produce 1:1 image that means a life size image( the size of your subject will be same at the sensor at the time you capture it as it is in the real life). you can also buy close up filters(not good enough) which will allow you to go close to your subject but it cannot produce 1:1(life size image).

compositionally you have placed your subject high at the left side of the frame leaving the remaining part very much uninterested. mainly the lower part of the frame has some bright area which you could have cropped out. it can be seen that the water is coming from a distant area which you could have used to lead the eyes to the droplet very nicely but here you have tried differently and given more emphasis on the lower part of the image for nothing. you could have also tried to experiment with the golden mean composition with the image by the help of the flowing water.

Hope it helps,
5 Aug 2009 9:12AM
hi somanath, thanks for the advice.
Is there any way i can improve the macro photography, other than buying lens or filter coz its costly for me to afford.
somnathchatterjee 12 67 175 India
5 Aug 2009 12:09PM
well John if you want good macro photography you can buy true macro lens which will cost you Rs. 20000 at least in India but as you have said you can not afford. so it would be better for you to do not hurry and buy it latter. it will produce some good image.

if you do not wait or try to do some experiment, you can buy close up filters which are not costly at all. there are +1, +2, +3, +4, +10 close up filters. it may often come as a kit. search ebay or some other sites for better understanding. you can get used kit or filters for your experiment at a very low cost.

use this address as an example,

camera is just like our eyes. think carefully if you see an ant from a distance, how much detail would you expect to see? but if you see it from a very close position, you could see detail of the ant. same thing happens with the camera. so if you can place the camera lens very close to the subject, the image must contain better detail. the kit lens you are using can not give you much closer view of the subject for the mechanism of the lens so you need something to do this job( macro lens or close up filter, remember +10 close up filter can allow you closer view of the subject than any other close up filters). remember for better macro work, you obviously need any one of them said above.

Wish you a good luck,
5 Aug 2009 12:37PM
Thanks a lot Somanath Smile
somnathchatterjee 12 67 175 India
5 Aug 2009 1:00PM
if you have any problem do not hesitate to PM me or ask me i will give you the answer if possible.
6 Aug 2009 4:58AM
sure .. thanks for your kind help somanath

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