Waterdrops, Plips and Plops

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This past week-end it rained. A lot. So, in between storms He-Man and I headed to the nearby hills for a much needed walk. Sticking to the paved roads avoiding the muddy trails we walked up the hills and down to stretch out our legs a bit. Elevation gain was about 250 ft, and mileage was only a couple of miles, but it felt great to stretch our legs, and be outside.

The grass on the hills is tall and green, and there are spring flowers popping up here and there. I saw clover, wild mustard, and even some droopy, rain soaked Daffodils.

Sunday I was a bit stir-crazy so set up to shoot waterdrops again.  This time instead of using the faucet which was hard to regulate I set up my C-stand and boom arm and taped a medical dropper to it filled with water.  It presented its own set of issues to deal with.

Once the eye-dropper ran out of water it had to be refilled and taped back on the  boom arm. I marked the spot with tape, but it didn’t always line up with my pre-focused spot so, I had to refocus every time I filled up and remounted the eyedropper.  Also there was a bit of wiggle room with the taped eyedropper so the drops didn’t always land in my pre-focused spot.

I didn’t get many keepers, but it was a fun way to pass a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday.

Plip Plop Drop


Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm macro lens| SB600 Speedlight @1/2pwr low, camera right| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…

49 thoughts on “Waterdrops, Plips and Plops

  1. I like Phil ‘s comment and agree! Total respect for your huge efforts for the sake of art. Wonderful frames!

  2. Lovely and stunning water drops, Deborah! 🙂
    I can imagine the fun and conversation you had in the daytime while with the He-man. It was good how you checked in and described for us the tall grass with wildflowers. Thanks for sharing about the flora and fauna so I was able to picture this.

      1. My girlfriend and I did our normal one mile loop to start the soon to be warm, spring season but the wind pressed back on our forward (leaning in) walking. It took us 25 minutes to do our regular 15 minute mile! Need more “practice!” 🙂

  3. Wow, cool shots (I like the first one), Deborah! The backstory really gives the images life. Hope you got one of these drops mounted as a metal print as they would really do well on that media. And, looking at your drops is better than watching paint dry when you’re stuck indoors! 😉

    1. Thank you so much Dan! I didn’t make an image of the eyedropper taped to the boom arm. 😦 Don’t ask me where my head was…it wasn’t thinking ahead.

      It’s easy enough to set up though so the next time I shoot water drops I’ll take a photo of the set up and share it along with any water drop images.
      Sorry about that!

        1. What I think I’d like to have are a set of light stands, C-Stands. or PVC piping made into stands, and a piece of wood with a hole drilled in it to fit the medical dropper that I could put on top of the light stands, or plastic pipes. It would keep the drop dropping in the same place, and it be easy to remove and remount the dropper when you need to refill it; which is often. I think that’s as elaborate as I would need to get. 🙂

            1. I know you can! I wish I could. If you made one set up you and Faith could do drops on a snow day or rainy day. I would enjoy seeing your work, and reading how well your set up worked, and what if any were the challenges you had shooting water drops, and splashes.

              I really want to get a splash and drop together. That’s my next goal. We’ll see if I ever achieve it. 🙂

  4. The first one’s epic and the second is a planet travelling across a universe. I’m not professionally employed by NASA and am just trying to say what I see. 😉 Well done for your skill and patience, Deborah, beautiful 🙂

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