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Crowning Glory?

By phil_j  
Crowning glory or spalsh down?, I look forward to seeing which you think best describes these images.

I havn't had a lot of time to get out in the daylight to take any new shots, so thought last night I would try my hand at indoor macro work, and in particular, capturing water drops.

I have posted three versions here tonight, at various stages of the splash, v1 just as the drop hit's the water and forms the crown, v2 as the colunm of water reaches up from the surface and starts to seperate, and v3 as the seperation comes leaving a drop almost suspended in mid air.

Taken in the spare bedroom, with water dropped into a beer glass, blue card behind to act as a background, flash fired off camera.
Only work in PS was to clear up a few dust spots (hope I got them all) and to gives levels a small boost, then a crop and frame added.

I will be very interested to see your thoughts.

Many thanks


Tags: Macro General Splash Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Droplet Water drop

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31 Jan 2009 7:37PM
Brilliant, I love these. You could have uploaded these separately cos they're all strong enough in their own right.
Great work.

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G73photography 10 417 15 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 7:39PM
super sharpness. the colour set it off a treat, i think v1 has the edge for me closely followed by v2. G
User_Removed 14 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 7:42PM
Lovely well executed set.. a little more attention to those pesky dust bunnies though Smile
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
31 Jan 2009 7:42PM
Superb work

phil_j 10 134 4 England
31 Jan 2009 7:43PM

Quote:Lovely well executed set.. a little more attention to those pesky dust bunnies though

Damn!!! thought I had them all.

Thanks Barrie
KevSB 12 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 7:45PM
all well done, my pref would be number 1
SootyNicko 11 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 7:47PM
I agree with Geoffrey, three very strong shots. Great colours, very well taken
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 7:49PM
Superb work.. great examples to all who love these

Iain_C 7 2 3 Scotland
31 Jan 2009 7:54PM
Crowning glory and V1 for me, fantastic shot well done

cattyal Plus
11 7.8k 6 England
31 Jan 2009 7:59PM
Oh you make it sound so simple - I've yet to manage a decent splash shot - time to try again.....

I think V2 is my favourite
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
31 Jan 2009 8:05PM
Think you've done really well here Phil!

iancam 8 23 England
31 Jan 2009 8:10PM
Superb images
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 8:24PM
A superb project, each image finely detailed & well taken.
PhotoSnapper 10 5 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 8:26PM
Great work ! lovely and clear
V2 is my favourite.
31 Jan 2009 8:26PM
Beautiful images.
piccy 10 8 Wales
31 Jan 2009 8:30PM
Three beautiful shots, must try this some day.
stevenb Plus
13 260 6 England
31 Jan 2009 8:41PM
Good work well captured

wyatturp 11 2 England
31 Jan 2009 8:52PM
Grabs the eye's
31 Jan 2009 9:40PM
These are brilliant,very good macro work ,can't choose a favorite ,all are stunning.

Jean x
terry_cavner 11 332 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 9:42PM
Stunning !!!
jayjay52 7 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 10:07PM
Really eyecatching shots. Particularly like v.2.
RogBrown 9 3.1k 10 England
31 Jan 2009 10:08PM
Brilliant stuff Phil. How did you time the flash?
bfgstew 10 668 105 England
31 Jan 2009 10:15PM
All 3 are brilliant Phil, super stuff mate. Would like to see some more?
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 10:50PM
V2 is awesome, worth an award on its own, 3 of the best of this type i have seen, really like v2 though
phil_j 10 134 4 England
31 Jan 2009 11:02PM
Thank you all.
Rog, timing of the flash was down to a lot of trial and error.

Took a lot of shots with the drop at different hieights then reviewed the lcd to see the effect, then basically tried to replicate the best time over and over again,

a lot of misses, but happy with what I got.
MRSbiscuit60 8 224 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 11:18PM
So many different shapes to capture with water droplets. These are fantastic, well done. Trish
KangaGal 8 66 Australia
1 Feb 2009 12:01AM
This is just brilliant work. Love V1 the best and every time I look at V2 I see a dolphin rising from the depths with a ball balanced! You make it sound so easy - the blue card has given this tremendous colour. I do not see any signs of dust. Superb work (again!)
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
1 Feb 2009 5:14AM
A fantastic set of image, Phil, V.2 is my fave, looks like a dolphin playing with a huge ball! Carol
1 Feb 2009 5:38AM
3 Smashing images,brilliantly captured.
digitall 10 238 6 Wales
1 Feb 2009 10:16AM
As you say these are done without using a timing device (manual).
No2 Is very good, it is extremely difficult to get the timing right at this stage of the drop when you are doing it manually. also in shot two, I would clone out the blown highlight as well as the reds and yellows at the of the glass.
The other shots are quite good as well.
O and get rid of all dust bunnies.

1 Feb 2009 1:03PM
fantastic set,v2 for me
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
1 Feb 2009 1:08PM
Is there no end to your talent Phil, birds, butterflies etc and now this, wonderful stuff.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
1 Feb 2009 3:44PM
V1 is terrific Phil and was a good choice as the lead shot
1 Feb 2009 5:00PM
Stunning shots, V2 for me.
1 Feb 2009 7:36PM
Great set Phil

Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
1 Feb 2009 8:37PM
Different and very good Phil.Number 2 best.
arhb Plus
9 3.1k 68 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2009 8:54PM
I'm very inspired, these shots are superb.
SRC15 8 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 10:27PM
Wow, Nicely done, i was quite pleased with my shots till i seen these, V2 and 3 for me

9 Feb 2009 12:41PM
Very Nice, Great work
Bonico 6 Romania
31 Aug 2010 9:40PM
Great work, all three V!

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