Ten tips on how to take water Droplets with refractions..........
10 Jun 2011
I love taking Macros,Especially Water Drops.I explored the world of tiny wonders when I got my Tamron 90mm.
A small exquisite water drop is a world on its own.
If you add a bit you get wonders of the very best.
I am sharing some ideas as to how I take Water drops macros
1) A macro lens is very useful.( I use Tamron 90mm)If a extension lens is attached you get more Magnification.I attach Kenko ET with my Macro Lens.
2) A natural drop on a Flower or a drop placed by a Syringe...
3) An additional Flower can be placed some 3 to 5 inches behind the drops.
4) A syringe is very useful for placing the drops on the flowers or other surfaces.
5)Add a bit of sugar to the water.The drops will attach itself more firmly even on slippery surface.Glycerine is very useful in the sense that they attach more to surface.
6) Use Aperture Priority in your DSLR...
7) Any Aperture from f 11 to 20 is useful for getting even sharpness ( So I like to take these kind of images in Sunlight or bright shade.)
8)if taken in sunlit conditions you might get a flare on the drops which adds to the beauty.
9) if you use F2.8 etc ,you get sort of Dreamy Images where the focus will be on a small area and you get a great bokeh.
10) Use tripod if necessary especially if you are taking images at F2.8 or so.
Now I am adding some additional tips.....
1) Don't get too close to the drop or the lower part will be darkened.
2)take these images on windless days hence either the flower in the background or the drop falls off...
3) Make sure that the whole flower is reflected in the drops..( You may have to move this way and that for that!!)
4)Cheap materials like Thermocol etc come in useful for pinning flowers or reflecting light.
5) If you are taking more than one drop at a
time Stacking helps. Or you may have to use
Aperture from F9 to upto F20 to get all round sharpness.
I do hope this helps....You can of course use different colored Flowers for effect....