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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Brecheisen

Rainbow Water Droplets-How To

Tonight my daughter and I decided to shoot some water droplets! We had a blast!! These did not turn out exactly how I wanted, so we will reshoot in the future, but I think it was a good first try. What I am trying to capture is the "crown" the water makes before the droplet actually appears. My daughter, Guinevere, is such a great help to me. The way we shot these:

1.) Make a tiny hole in a plastic sandwich bag, fill with water, and attach to something.

2.) Take a pen or something small, and have someone hold it in place where the water droplets are hitting, and manually focus your lens.

3.) Grab some crayons and take the paper off of them. Arrange them however you want, and put them in the tub you are using to catch the water.

4.) Use a flash.

5.) Settings for these shots

  • Shutter: Stay between 1/2000 and 1/4000

  • Aperture: f2.8-f4 will probably be best, so the background is good and out of focus.

  • Flash: it all depends on where it is our how many you have, but we stayed between 64 and 128

Equipment I used:

  • Nikon D600

  • Nikon 105 f2.8 macro

  • Nikon SB600 flash unit

  • Tripod

  • Flash stand

This is my set up. Please excuse my pollen table and mildew umbrella lol. Also, as you can see, we had a few issues with the tape haha. We originally tried a baby bottle, but it didn't work so well.

I hope this info helps some of you, and enjoy the pix!!

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