Want some fun with your camera? This is really an easy project to do, one I struggled with for a while to try to figure out. I have seen different ways to do this on the web, but none of them worked. It just seemed people did not want to share the secret. And I know, many folks are like me and amazed by this technique. Who knew it was so darn easy? It would work on a leaf in the garden too! Click any to see larger.
First you will need a few things.
A camera is first and foremost and you need to be able to fix the point of focus. Auto-focus would be hit or miss, but pixels are free. The lens is probably what you have handy. I used both a macro lens and a zoom lens in these examples. This was my first try at this technique, so it takes no special talent or experience.
The tools needed are:
- A sheet of clean window glass.
- A tripod, unless you have nerves of steel and can handhold the camera level.
- (4) bricks to elevate the window glass above the bowl with the floating flower.
- A spray bottle filled with water, or an eye dropper. I did both since I like to experiment.
- A flower.
- A low bowl filled with water to float the flower. You can include the bowl like I did in some images or fill the frame with the floating flower.
- Rain-X, the magic bullet!
Now that you have the stuff… first order of business is apply the Rain-X to the window glass. Rain-X will let the water bead on your glass, not flatten the droplets.
Set up your bricks on end to support the glass, and place your bowl with the floating flower under the glass. Spray or drip water droplets onto the glass. Straddle the assembly with your tripod and with camera facing downward, make sure the lens is parallel to the glass. Now take some photos. Simple no?
This is the flower that took one for the team while it still was in the garden. I am sad when I cut the garden flowers.
These are the type of images you can get.
There is different ways to get these images and it depends on what f-stop you pick. If you have f22 for instance, it will produce the image below. At f5.6 you get the dreamy purple image. In between at f9, gets the psychedelic image above where the actual flowers are barely more than block colors. Really cool, huh?
It is harder to get the flower-drops in the garden. The image below was taken with a zoom lens and the next image taken with a macro lens.
What makes taking these shots more difficult is that the flowers have to be within the right distance to reflect through the droplet. You can see a tiny inverted Hosta flower in the image above. Below, the flower is Butterfly Weed.
Using the glass setup allows you to position the flower at the right distance. I guess you could always cut a flower and position it in the garden, but that is too tricky in my book. Have fun with this and make sure to tell me if you try it out.
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