Colorful Water Droplets

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Balls of Water - colorful water droplets

I’ve been reading the book Understanding Flash Photography, by Bryan Peterson.  In nature photography I often use my flash coupled with a Better Beamer to add fill light to my bird images.  But I want to learn more about using flash indoors, in more “normal” scenarios.  One of the ideas in the book is to use flash to photograph colorful water droplets.  I was intrigued by the picture and decided to try for myself. This picture is really easy to make.  First you get a colorful cloth or towel and put it behind a clear bowl in the sink.  Then you turn on the water and let it drip.  Use the flash to illuminate the droplets.  For the image above, I used my 7D camera with its on-board flash, and I also configured it to be a flash master and trigger my external flash.  So I had two light sources.  Rich said our kitchen was very bright.  But he liked the images I showed him from the back of my LCD! It’s fun to see what images you get using this technique.  Sometimes you get the cool splash, like my first picture.  Sometimes you get the tiny droplets before they […]