water drops

Uploaded: August 27, 2009


Found these on my driveway yesterday morning. Guess it's where we are always Armour-All'ing the car tires! Have no clue what to do with these - if anything.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 135.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80


Christie R. Bielss August 27, 2009

Ok, and maybe it's just the headaches I'm having that are messing with me, but these look kind of like snow globes to me. #1173389

Michael Kelly level-deluxe August 27, 2009

Miniature space alien habitats? It is an interesting shot and the droplets are the highlight. I like the shadows they cast too. I think I would go in tight on them - you may need to add a touch on the left edge so the Shadow is not cut off and it is possible that you will loose to many pixels on a real tight crop of the three droplets, but I think it might be worth a try. See what others might think of that before you do a lot of work though. #7894291

Teresa H. Hunt August 27, 2009

I see the snow globes . . . but then again I'm really tired and am gettin loopy.
I think this is an awsome shot. . . be interested to see Michaels suggestions. #7894560

Dale Hardin August 27, 2009

A very unusual and inspired capture Christie. Nice DOF also. Nicely done.

If you want the "globes" to pop and be the highlight of the shot, give this a try.

First use an 8x10 horiz format crop. Make the left side just to the right of the lens flare in the upper left of the shot and the bottom where it is now. The other two sides will take care of themselves.

Then duplicate the shot and flip it. Blend using a multiply blend at about 50% to make the colors pop and soften the effect of the blur.

Here is the killer part. Use the shadows/highlights tool at the default setting and slide the darken highlights all the way to the right. Then if you wish, add a little high pass filtering. #7894582

Rita K. Connell level-classic August 28, 2009

this is a pretty cool shot, Christie I love water drops. looking forward to seeing Dale suggestions #7895589

Debbie E. Payne August 28, 2009

I think I will like Dale's crop. It is a very cool shot. What this shot really brings to my mind is you laying flat on the ground, taking it!! #7896080

Ellen H. Robertson level-classic August 28, 2009

I too think this is a cool shot, two little mini worlds. Would like to see the suggestions. #7896739

Anthony L. Mancuso August 28, 2009

it is and interesting little shot Christie..I do agree there are quite a bit of distracting elements and a tighter crop is in order, along with Dales other suggestions of course.. #7897270

Bobby R. Strange August 29, 2009

Personally I don't think I'd crop it or flip it. I think I would just clone out the drop on the far right instead, but then I'm a fan of negative space. #7898200

Christie R. Bielss August 29, 2009

Thanks everyone! I wasn't sure about this, but I thought someone must've wanted me to photo'g it since my husband didn't run over it, and I went over it twice and never hit it.

Here are the 2 versions. Bobby, on yours I also went ahead and did the multiply blend and such that Dale had suggested.

Now, here's to hoping I did what y'all were aiming at. #7898477

Bobby R. Strange August 29, 2009

Well, I'm not a fan of the flip at all. And to me the crop seems to crowd the droplets, but that may just be because I like space. I like the other adjustments though. #7898487

Debbie E. Payne August 29, 2009

Christie - with the thumbnails, I liked Dale's version because they seemed to just jump out in front of you. But upon opening them up, I tend to like Bobby's version as it looks more realistic. I'd say that the flipped one looks too sharp in the droplets and that creates too much disparity between the soft puddle an the super-sharp droplets. #7898534

Dale Hardin August 29, 2009

Christie, I like what you've done using Bobby's suggestions more than mine as far as the crop and cloning. However, I still like the flip and think that if you flipped his version you'd have the best of both worlds. #7898562

Aimee C. Eisaman August 29, 2009

I personally think you should take Bobby's suggestion and flip it. Really a neat and different image. :~) #7898656

Christie R. Bielss August 29, 2009

Ok, here's Bobby's with the flip. #7898699

Aimee C. Eisaman August 29, 2009

Seems much more "Fluid" of a composition to follow the flow from left to right! :~) #7898760

Rita K. Connell level-classic August 29, 2009

I really like the last one "Bobby with a flip" I mean "Bobby with the flip" ok I just spent two hour at the grocery store ( hate sat shopping) and I need a laugh. I agree I like the flow from left to right. Best of both worlds. #7898829

Michael Kelly level-deluxe August 29, 2009

The last post is the best! Great work and I think you have it. #7898834

Teresa H. Hunt August 29, 2009

Great job Christie! :) #7898977

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe August 29, 2009

This is really cool Christie! I tend to be a non-flipper usually, but I like your final version either way here! Great find! #7899700

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict August 31, 2009

Last to comment as usual with all that's been going on with the family, but I would have to agree that I like the last post the best.
Very unusual and creative capture! #7903927

Jodi M. Walsh August 31, 2009

nope, i'm the last one :-) and my only excuse is Facebook :-( I need to manage my time better (the story of my life) lol

love the most recent post, I think it's been titled Bobby with a flip :-) these drops are so cool and I love the diagonal flow from left to right! #7905519

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