Drip... Drip... Drip...
It all started on a cold, dreary, winter night. I was feeling antsy because I hadn't been able to go out and capture any images recently. I sat down at my computer and started looking through images on Flickr. That's when I discovered a new type of image to capture. Water drops.
I grabbed my camera, my flash, and my tripod and headed to the kitchen. Step 1, I needed something for the drops to fall into. I started my first several attempts with a frying pan. It was nice with the reflections I got off the sides of the pan, but the drops would sometimes be taller than the sides and part of the splash would get cut off.
I used a medicine dropper to try to be able to control the speed at which drops would fall and then try to capture them. This was a bit of a pain because I had to have one hand on the water dropper and one hand on the camera to capture an image. I eventually called my daughter into the kitchen to drop the water as I focused on the camera. I got some okay results, but knew I could do better.
My second attempt involved a one time use roasting pan. I was able to make sure that the entire splash was captured due the the higher sides on the roasting pan. However, the water was clear and the pan was shiny, so it was difficult to see the difference in the two.
I also filled a plastic sandwich bag with water and used a needle to poke a hole in it to release the drops. This was much better than the medicine dropper, but I had no control over when a drop would fall. It sort of became a guessing game until I learned how to "read" the water and be prepared as it got to the edge of the bag. It also meant that I didn't need to have an assistant which increased my ability to practice.
My third attempt involved the same roasting pan, but this time I used some "Tang" flavoring in the water to make it orange. I used the same bag set-up as before to drip the water. I finally had a good combination of color in the water and timing of the drops to capture some fairly decent pictures. I'm glad I tried this and figured out how to set it up. I am most excited to know that on days when I can't get outside to capture images, there is something I can still do to become a better photographer.