We graduated Blue Eyes on New Year's Eve. To help celebrate, my mom had a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to her. Of course I could not let that opportunity slip by without a little photographic fun.
I had an entirely different approach planned, but by the time I actually got around to shooting these flowers they were not at their peek. I decided a little macro would be fun, but that is boring, and I am a little more than tired of just shooting flowers up close. So, why not try my hand at water droplets?
Believe me when I say it was a ton of trial and error. And, eventually I gave up at trying to capture the droplet falling off the tip of the flower petal because I was running out of natural light fast. Without the proper amount of light, it was impossible to capture a crisp shot. Well, a crisp enough shot that I would share it with you all... wink, wink.
What I learned:
~I did not use water for these shots. I used an essential oil... which is expensive, so I would not recommend it. Next time I will use a cooking oil, but the viscosity did make the shot easier because the oil was more willing to stay put.
~You most definitely need a dropper, hence why my choice of an essential oil. I intend to purchase a dropper, or two, for more experimentation.
~Plenty of good light is essential. You will want your shutter speed high so that you can capture the droplet faster.
~Using oil, once it drops, it is next to impossible to make another drop stay put in that perfectly rounded form. However, you can capture some really fun shots while the droplet slowly descends off its platform...
As I mentioned before I did experiment with droplets falling off a petal. Some of them are okay, but none of them are fabulous enough to share here. That will be my next experiment. until then, this was my best shot. It's not a bad shot, but I really want to capture the droplet once it leaves the petal.
What you'll need...
~A tripod is essential
~Either a shutter release, or a camera with a timer... optimally one that can take multiple shots at a time.
~Great light so that you can keep your ISO lower and your shutter speed higher... I used shutter priority to obtain my shots.
~Then, you'll what some test run shots so that you can pinpoint where your focus should be. If you have not already learned how to set your focus point, you should pick up your camera manual today, right now, and learn how to do so. It will change your photographic life.
~I was using AF-S (Auto Focus Single) but in hindsight I should have been using AF-C (Auto Focus Continuous). Again, if you are scratching your head thinking, "What is this lady taking about?" you really need to learn this, this year! No excuses. Matter of fact, here is a great article to get you started.
~Then shoot, shoot, shoot! you'll take tons of photos to obtain a few perfect shots. I am okay with that since one the digital world makes it is to cull and trash, but second becasue I do not deal with speed shots often, it'll take a while before I am comfortable enough with my skills alone to capture the shot. We all have to start some where. The key is to learn that way you do not sty in the rut of cull and trash and move forward to the everyday of using skills to create shots in as little shots as necessary.
Cull- "That boring, obnoxious task of sifting though all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order to finally surface with a body of work worth looking at." ~ Lisa Robinson, Culling Photos: Five Tips to Choose Your Best Images
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