Wednesday, February 1, 2012
After my Fruit in Bubbles shots, there was one other tutorial I've been wanting to try ever since I got my macro lens. And that was capturing water drops dripping from my kitchen faucet!!
The tutorial I first read on how to do this suggested using a tripod with your focus manually locked off. However my awesome 85mm Macro Lens didn't have a long enough focal length for this to work for me. I just couldn't get my camera close enough to the water on a tripod for the shot to work out how I wanted.
So I ended up merely resting my camera on the edge of my sink. I used my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash for these shots. I played with the settings and ended up bouncing it off the sink a bit to get the right exposure. I shot all these at f/5.6, sutter speed 1/200, ISO 400. With those settings in my dark kitchen (I shot these at night) the flash was definitely necessary to get an exposure!
I picked up a bunch of cheap fabric scraps from the JoAnn's to use as backdrops. I started with a blue patterned fabric.
The pattern showed up much better in the drop but I still wanted more pattern in the background.
Next I tried a teal fabric I picked up merely because my bathroom is this color and I thought these water drops would make nice prints for my bathroom! haha :)
I liked this best so far! This will go up in my bathroom for sure! But what I really wanted was something bright and colorful. But alas, I was out of fabric choices. Not to be deterred I scoured my closet until I came across a bright polka dot skirt. Ding, ding, ding! These were my favorites for sure!
This last one is my favorite.
I didn't use live view when I took the pics because it slows down my shutter timing, but I used it in my set up shot to show how I was focusing the camera. You can see I still have my tripod mount on the camera from my failed attempt at using my tripod! But the edge of the sink worked out just fine. I can't wait to try this with lots more patterned fabrics!!!!
Click HERE to see the (more successful!) PART 2 of this series!!!