Drops on Glass
2 Nov 2009
I'm always looking for something new and interesting to photograph. Although my 'little people' photographs give me the greatest pleasure, I've really enjoyed capturing these "drops on glass" shots as well. After posting several of them, it was suggested that I write an explanation as to how I achieved the results.
With a little ingenuity and a couple of props, you can create some delightful photographs. All of the photos you see here were taken using corn syrup, and following these steps:
1. Gather the items you want to photograph and place them on a flat surface. I've used marbles, push pins, candy, gum balls, pieces of glass, and fresh flowers.
2. Get a sheet of glass and elevate it over the objects. I use 3 or 4 paperback books if I'm photographing smaller objects. Place the books on either side of the objects, then place the glass over the books.
3. For my flower shots (i.e. Summer Colors Last), I put the flowers in a vase on the floor, and suspended the glass between two chair seats.
3. Using a fairly small object, such as a skewer or a straw, dip the end into the corn syrup, then allow the drops of syrup to fall onto the glass. You can experiment with large drops and small drops, perfectly round drops, or elongated drops. Be creative.
4. Using a macro lens (mine is 60mm), with your camera mounted on a tripod, focus on the drops. I alternate between focusing on one and focusing on many. I also switch between auto focus and manual focus.
5. There are no set rules; bring the camera closer to the drops, move the camera away from the drops. Use flash, don't use flash. The important thing is to experiment and find the look you want to achieve.
That's all there is to it. For me, the most important thing is to have fun.