Water Bubbles

© Loyce Hood

Water Bubbles

Uploaded: February 08, 2002


Pouring water at 1 sec. exposure


Stephanie Adams February 08, 2002

Really neat. Was this actually water dripping, or did you fix it up in photo shop because I would figure a 1 sec exposure is way too slow to capture this? I like it, very neat! #3424

Loyce Hood February 08, 2002

Actually I was pouring water from a cup into a bowl. The water was not dripping. I was pouring it slowly, but the water was in a steady stream. It is pretty neat!
- Loyce #5366

Beverly Joanne Hoover February 08, 2002

Really awesome & interesting photo.
I like the colors.
What camera/lense/film did you use??
Thanks. Beverly H.


Loyce Hood February 09, 2002

Thank you, Beverly.

I used an Olympus C2040Z in Macro Mode, rated ISO 100, fill flash, 1 second exposure @ F10, 128 mm.

Loyce #5381

Jim Miotke My Courses February 24, 2002

Hi Loyce,

I admire this shot, too. Good catch. I am very puzzled, though. Like Stephanie, I am 99% sure that a long 1 second exposure would produce a blurry-stream-of-water effect. Are you absolutely positive you are reading the exposure information correctly? I would venture that this is a 1/1000 of a second exposure or faster. #5717

Loyce Hood February 24, 2002

Jim, actually I WAS trying for the blurred effect. I am absolutely positive this is a 1 second exposure with fill flash. I even checked the EXIF info to be sure. I am reading the information correctly. I started at 1/30, then 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and finally 1 second at f10. :) I thought it was kind of freaky, too. I am not even sure I could repeat this one.

Loyce #5722

Jim Miotke My Courses February 24, 2002

Okay - I understand now. I wasn't paying close attention and did not see your earlier reference to the fill-flash. I can only imagine that the flash stopped the action. Thanks for checking and satisfying my curiosity. #5723

Michael McCook level-classic March 27, 2002

Yes, I was going to say the same thing as Jim. If you want to get that blurred effect, you better turn off that flash. Although, there are some techniques you can employ using a flash and long exposures to get interesting results. I like this shot a lot, keep expermenting! #6323

April 15, 2002

This is a nice shot and using photoshop
5.5 with eye candy you have got the result you wanted. #6977

Loyce Hood April 15, 2002

Thank you, Thomas. I have to admit, it wasn't the shot I was after, but I like this much better. I did get what I was looking for with the blur, but kept experimenting with and without flash, with and without lights and with all different shutter speeds. This was the one I liked the best.

I plan to do more experimenting with other things. It amazes me when the camera can see things the human eye could not possibly catch. I guess that's why I like photography so much.

Loyce #6986

Leehman Wexlin September 13, 2002


I read all the comments and questions on your photo. This is a great site.
Thank you for sharring.
Leehman #14671

May 26, 2019

Very well planned and put together with the right combination of composiion and color. When you look at this, it leaves the impression in the mind that you can actually hear the drops of water. I would give the photographer a credit of well organization and creativity. Great work! #25436

Heather Petersen May 26, 2019

I like this photo a lot. I have a few questiions however. I would think it difficult to focus on the individual drops before hand and also, how did you take the photo when you were pouring the water into the bowl at the same time?? I know one would use a tripod, still I think it would be a bit awkward and tricky, requiring a lot of patience. #31881

Loyce Hood May 26, 2019

Hi Heather. I'm glad you liked the photo. Yes, it was a little tricky putting this one together. I couldn't focus on the drops beforehand. I guessed at the focus, after shooting about 12 shots. My camera was on a tripod, and I stood on the side of the tripod, poured the water with my left hand, (I'm right handed) and pushed the shutter with my right. It was awkward, but the patience paid off. Thanks for your comments.
- Loyce #31944

zcaley May 26, 2019

Nice work Lloyd. #36374

May 26, 2019

wow it is was very good.hope you go well with this picture.Good Luck
sharon D.Waters #72177

May 26, 2019

Loyce, I must echo what's been said. For a fluke, this sure looks 100% intentional! Did you use a shutter release cable to work the camera? Personally, for something this fragile, I'd be afraid I'd move the camera if I hit the shutter.

Also, how did you achieve those fabulous colors? Are they a result of the flash?
Once again, great work! #80649

Loyce Hood May 26, 2019

Thank you so much for your nice comments, Yukio. I did not have a shutter release cable, since my camera doesn't accept one. I also did not have a remote at the time. The flash stopped the action, and I use a Hoodman LCD hood with this camera. I just pressed it to me eye socket and hoped for the best.

As far as the colors, that's the result of a gradient filter.

Again, thank you very much for your nice comments. I think I'm going to try this with cooking oil the next time I feel in an experimenting mood. :) #82447

Ann G. Martin May 26, 2019

I really like this photo, it's neat,
love the color's also, I have been using a Minolta for a long time and decided to go digital, tired of having to scan my slide's and I have gotten some surprisingly good picture's with my digital, the only thing is I can't take the wide angle picture's that I enjoy because I didn't want to invest in an expensive digital camera, but I can be more spontaneous and have a lot more fun with the digital because the expense is a lot less, and I have a good software program that really help's. Love this picture
Ann Martin

John B. Merriam May 26, 2019

I played with drips from the sink first time yesterday. I used flash so this was ISO 50, 1/250 at f5.6. I have my tripod leaning with one, back, leg extended extra long and the front two up against the counter. I didn't use Macro mode but manual focused on the faucet and then fired away. It is a lot of fun for sure. Canon G2 Digital. #106022

Ann G. Martin May 26, 2019

This is soo cool! I guess I am going to have to try something like this, I am not very good at it, but it would be fun to try #106087

May 26, 2019

you are awsome at this!Keep um coming! #106132

Loyce Hood May 26, 2019

John, I like your version very much. I especially like the reflections on the water droplets. This is so much fun to do. I was thinking of trying maple syrup, or cooking oil next. Why not give it a try? #106166

John B. Merriam May 26, 2019

Loyce, thank you. I like yours too, the colors, pastels, are so nice. Mine is much more harsh in color and lighting, just proving there are many ways to skin a cat or Drip a Drop. I took some of the sink spray too. They didn't come out as nice but here's a sample... THICKER fluid... Motor Oil, Syrup. What about making some colored water and "Dripping" other colored drops into it. One can go on forever. #106209

Loyce Hood May 26, 2019

I love that idea, John. This can be such a fun project. I agree with you on your second shot. I like it, but I prefer the first one. I'll have to start playing with my drops again. I'm a little busy right now, since I'm taking care of 2 year old triplets and a brand new set of twins--1 month old. When I get a chance, I'll get going. Great idea. #106798

Kathleen R. Struckle May 26, 2019

Loyce, Awesome shot. Great reflections. Kathy S. #128811

Kathleen R. Struckle May 26, 2019

John, Awesome Shot. I like the reflrctions of the water droplets. Nice colors. Kathy S. #128814

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