Angela Chan  

Pumpkin in water drops by Angela Chan

November 2019 - Pumpkin in water drops

About the Image(s)

This is shot through a piece of glass with water drops on top of a mini pumpkin.

Rainx (a water repellent treatment) was first sprayed on a slab of glass. After the Rainx was wiped off, water drops were put on the glass and form beads with the help of the Rainx film. Object placed under neath the glass was illuminated with a lamp .

The finished image was quite grainy. I cleaned up the best I can but had to stop at this stage. Anybody who can suggest how to get a cleaner images is appreciated .

here I used my Sony A6000 with a Sony 90 mm Macro lens (1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 640).

I finally got a Miops Waterdrop system because the others either will not work with my mirrorless camera or too expensive....Have to pay for custom, $ USD to $ CAD conversion and transportation etc .

Tried it and got it working but did not get any good water drop pattern yet. Will keep on trying.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Angela,

There is a neat tutorial on making raindrops at: .

I do much of my macro work between f13 and f32, depending on the look I am seeking.

Also you might want to look at Topaz DeNoise AI. You can download a thirty day trial. John Barclay offers a 15% discount on Topaz. I have used Topaz products for many years. I also think that its support is very good, although it is by email.   Posted: 11/15/2019 11:59:54

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I am impressed with your imagination in setting up and generating this shot. Generating the water drop images is difficult enough, but getting the refraction to include a pumpkin in each is impressive. I am enjoying both the composition and colors and appreciate the effect that the vignette contributes to the image.

In this case I think that the use of an aperture of f/11 works, since enough of each drop is as sharp as you seem to need. The graininess you have employed adds an quality to the presentation that sets an artistic tone to the image.

If though, you wish to remove some of the graininess, there are several Photoshop techniques and software packages that can attempt do this. I personally use Topaz Denoise in my work. I tend to shy away from the Auto-Intelligence (AI) version since I want to control the amount of de-noise effect it employs (remember that the de-noise process also can remove some sharpness as well so you need to balance its application). Note though that removing graininess is a rather extreme version of the de-noise process, and might impact the image in undesirable ways.
  Posted: 11/17/2019 13:19:57

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
At first glance, this looked to me like eggs floating with pumpkin stickers on top of each. Why that thought came to me I have no idea...

It's very impressive how your entire pumpkin top was visible. I use the Rainx technique too. As far as the grain, I always shoot in manual mode, choose my aperture depending on the shot and almost always keep the ISO at 100. One of the few times I use an ISO of 400 is when I'm photographing water drops. Congratulations on your new Miops Waterdrop system!   Posted: 11/17/2019 14:35:52

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
As an additional comment: I really the way you composed this image. I too thought of eggs floating with pumpkin stickers. If this was my image, I would have made only five of the water drops. As for removing the noise, I used Topaz DeNoise AI, which I found very controllable. I made selections of the noisier areas, put each on a separate layer, and applied differing strengths of noise reduction to each.   Posted: 11/17/2019 16:25:05
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Clever idea Angela and I like the colors and the pumpkin subjects. Once you get a handle on the noise issue it would be nice to see something like this again!   Posted: 11/18/2019 10:43:10