A little while ago, I was experimenting with water drop photography. I’ve always been fascinated by the shapes and colors that the photographers were able to capture. My very first attempts were…..a bit of a disappointment, I didn’t own a flash at that time, so I had to make due with clamp lights, high iso, and low aperture. It wasn’t the most ideal setting. I decided to wait until I could save up for a flash, because doing it without one is just too frustrating. A couple months later, I finally got my first flash for my birthday, a canon 430 ex ii.
So I set up my bootleg studio again in an attempt to capture the elusive water droplets! Not too bad if I do say so myself.
I first tried shooting on an all white background, and while I think it’s very pretty, I got bored of it very quick. I wanted the striking colors and patterns of the awesome photos I saw everyday on the internet. So I hung a polka dot scarf behind the water and slipped a small mirror underneath the container and ended up this:
After experimenting with this setup a bit (as well as using other scarves with different colors/patterns) I began to set up little scenes to shoot the drops. These are pretty abstract, simple scenes, but I have to start somewhere right?
I love the idea of creating a surreal world around these water drops. They have such interesting forms and shapes, they almost look like aliens! I plan on experimenting with these more, as well as working on building skills to construct miniature worlds for these drops to be in. I even tried dropping multiple drops at once, but it was hard to get the timing right.
If you’d like to see of of my favorite water drop photographers, click here to check out his site. HIs site is in German and the photos are pretty small, so if you don’t want to deal with that, you can check out this blog that features his work by clicking here.