Skittles in water drops

Like I need an excuse to buy skittles.

This is a bit of an expansion on that shot I took in BC of the condensation on the front window. Being able to make out the shapes/textures of the front lawn through the drops made me want to play with that again, only  with a bit more control over the situation. My learnings are that circular droplets are ideal, spherical droplets even moreso, and you should really try to make sure your surface is clean (a recurring theme).

I had to work with very small drops so they would retain a sphere shape, as if the surface area got too large, they would flatten out and distort the image. I think future endeavours  will require using a glycerin/water mix so that it has a bit more bulge and stability in the droplets.

If I did it, here's how it happened.

If I did it, here’s how it happened.

  1. Photo frame sans photo for a see through surface to place drops on.
  2. Drops, placed by a syringe.
  3. Syringe, placed drops.
  4. Dragons Dogma. Said to be like Dark Souls, but it isn’t Dark Souls so why bother? Better used to prop up a frame.

I shot it with my 90mm Macro lens, using a 1/2 second exposure time with an f14 aperture and ISO 100. Nothing fancy with lighting, just the windows.

There’s a lot of ways to play around by altering distance of camera to the drops, or the drops to the subject, so I’m hoping to get a bit more into this some time. I’ll just need something a bit more easy to work with than xbox games as my stacking tool.

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