Uploaded: April 07, 2013 12:24:48


1/160 Sec - f/11 - ISO 400
Canon 6D - Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 6D


Debbie E. Payne April 07, 2013

This kind of stuff eludes me, Jeff. Would love to know how to do this. The two colors wonderful together. #1522861

Jeff E Jensen April 07, 2013

Thanks, Debbie! I've been playing with these this weekend. My ultimate goal is to get collisions, but I'm afraid I'm limited by technology on this. I need a gadget that controls the rate of the drops. Someday.

As for this shot, the light is provided by three speedlights, set to 1/32 power. Two of them are pointed at a white backdrop, bouncing light back to the glass. Both of these are gelled with yellow gels. The third is set forward enough that a bit of light spills on the front of the drop, but most hits the backdrop. This one is gelled red. The water is colored green and is a mix of about 1 part glycerin and 2 parts cold water (not an exact measure). Water is dropped from a gadget I built that uses an electronically controlled valve. Timing is pure luck, a matter of gauging the timing of pushing the water button and the shutter release. I toss a lot more images than I keep. My keep rate is only about 20% and then only a fraction of those will get worked on. Focusing and DOF can be a challenge, but it's not impossible.

If we have time, we can mess with this when y'all are out here in June.

Here's another image, using a blue gel. #10644571

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 07, 2013

Wish I could join you all in June! Would love to have a go at attempting these droplet captures... both examples posted here are really terrific, Jeff! #10644631

Kalena Randall April 07, 2013

These are beyond me, too! I think these are absolutely fabulous, Jeff! I love the colors you choice.

I wish I could come out in June, but alas, it's not possible this year. Maybe another time and combine it with a trip for my family to Zion or Moab! #10644755

Michael Kelly level-classic April 08, 2013

Both are great - I prefer the second post with the blue gel probably because I just like the color better but I think it is also easier to tell what is going on in the shot. Love to play when we come visit. Speaking of which when do we need to book the hotel? #10645971

Dale Hardin April 08, 2013

I'm with Mike on preferring the second shot. Jeff, have you tried a medical IV drip? Once you get a consistent rate, perhaps you could then use your time lapse timer to dial in the matching rate. Of course, having a device with an analog adjustable timer would be the ideal. #10646062

Rita K. Connell level-classic April 08, 2013

both of these are way cool. I am with Mike I really like the second for the color and the crown affect and that there is several water drops. very cool!

I also was wondering about the hotel I couldn't find the info that was sent could you send it to me again. Can't wait to see everyone! #10646237

Jeff E Jensen April 08, 2013

Thanks, everyone.

Dale - one of the challenges of using a continuous drip is that you don't get the opportunity to let the water settle between shots. You can use a cup to catch the drops if needed. Also, as the volume of water in the IV bag diminishes, the consistency of the drops.

Y'all can book your hotel any time. I'll re-send the info. #10646261

Beth Spencer April 08, 2013

Jeff these are really awesome. Have you tried IV tubing with the roller clamp to regulate your drips? I tried that the time I attempted this but wasn't using the lights or glycerin. #10646292

Stephen Shoff April 09, 2013

that looks like a pretty fine balancing act, Jeff. I would think continuous drips would be a problem when you are trying to get this full glass effect. #10646480

Jeff E Jensen April 09, 2013

Thank, everyone.

Beth - I have used an IV setup. It works, but has some challenges.

Ultimately, I'd like to get set up with a gadget called "Camera Axe". It's a great gadget that allows you to do a bunch of really tricky stuff. In the case of water drops, it uses a set of optical sensors to drop the water and time the second drops. #10647043

Elaine Hessler April 09, 2013

I am late on this one-but I wanted to tell you how much I like these. They are so "clean" looking. Sharp, cool shapes, and the colors on both work for me. These look crystal clear on my monitor and made me say "Wow!". Nice job! #10647176

Peter W. Marks April 12, 2013

I am way behind with responding top folks' images. I too prefer the blue but have to say the whole project is way too complicated for me to get my head around. You do still have a real job don't you Jeff?
Can't say I am too happy with all this talk of IVs; it reminds me that I am due for my next colonoscopy in a few months time. #10650906

Jeff E Jensen April 13, 2013

In case you wondered, here's a setup shot. #10651615

Elaine Hessler April 13, 2013

Tanks for sharing! #10652116

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 28, 2013

Congratulations again, Jeff! #10712011


Congratulations on this outstanding macro Jeff! Fannnnn....tastic!

And...I have done these before and Debbie, you better be patient because there are a LOT of misses, but if you keep on "clicking" you WILL get some.

This one is excellent Jeff!

jo ann c. #10712140

Dale Hardin May 28, 2013

WTG Jeff. #10712275

Elaine Hessler May 28, 2013

Nice job!!! #10712522

Carla Capra Anderson May 29, 2013

Congratulations, outstanding! #10713697

Michele Peterson level-classic May 29, 2013

Congratulations, Jeff! What an incredible capture! #10713900


What a fantastic image! Big congrats on your 2nd Place Win Jeff...glad it got Gold but should have been HIGHER! :-)

jo ann c #10715531

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