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Water Arts with bubble base  2 drops collision by Angela Chan

September 2020 - Water Arts with bubble base 2 drops collision

About the Image(s)

This image was created in the same way as earlier submissions, with the exception that a clear fluid was used. When the drop size gets to a higher number then the base will become a bubble. Water drop size, interval between drops and flash delay are the 3 variables I used to produce different collision patterns of these 2 drops.
When the interval between drops is longer then the first drop has a chance to bounce back further so that it can meet the second drop in mid air....hence the stem of the collision is not attached to the base.

Red liquid food coloring in water was dropped to a basin of similar fluid. A green plastic cutting board leaning on the wall became the background.

Here Is used my Sony A6000 with a Sonly 90mm macro lens at f/22 and 1/6 second, and I used 4 flashes of 1/128 power.

11 comments posted

Jeff Fleisher   Jeff Fleisher
I'm new to the group so I haven't seen many of your earlier images. I did look at some earlier months and the technique is very interesting.

The thing that strikes my eye is the counterbalance between the well behaved bubble(s) at the bottom and the explosion of action in the upper part of the image. The red color is a good choice to help enhance the action against the green background.   Posted: 09/10/2020 21:24:04
Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Very please to meet you Jeff, and thank you for your kind words.
The fun of this kind of photography to me is this :
Any change in one of the 3 variables ( drop size, subsequent drop's delay and flash delay) all produce a different image...the different medium and background adds to the variables so I never get the exact same image twice .
In the past I had concentrated in getting different kinds of images and was not happy about the editing because the background always look dirty to me. I had spent the last 2 weeks in experimenting with changing background and blend modes in post. I am still in the basement of water drops techniques but intent to use the images as material for digital arts and have made some headway. Looking forward to sharing them next month.   Posted: 09/12/2020 13:58:23

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Angela, I continue to be impressed and fascinated by your water drop images, and your ability to control the appearance of the collision.

The bright green background was pulling my eye away from the beauty of the drop formations. I took the liberty of muting the background in PS, by applying a curves adjustment to the "a" channel in LAB mode.

Just out of curiosity, if you shorten the distance of the drop, would you keep the stem attached to the collision?   Posted: 09/12/2020 13:34:25
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Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you very much, Peter.
As I was saying to Jeff that I had been concentrating in creating the drops but only recently look at editing more.
Regardless of how I tried to spot heal, clone, etc the background always look dirty to me. I had just started to extract the subject and put in a new background (both solid and radial) works well for me. Different blend modes also create very different looks. My aim in doing this kind of photography is to produce material to play with in creating non-main stream arts. I had succeeded in digital flower arrangements before and am very happy with my experiment the last 2 weeks.
If I shorten the delay of second drop and the flash delay, then there is a time that the stem will be attached to the base. This is actually what most beginners will see first before they get the magic touch to make the stem fly off. LOL ! !
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Who is to say that harder technique produce more pleasing image ???
I am with you that I do not strive to get top techniques but to enjoy my images and it's spin off every step of the way.
I hope it is not a problem to show another image here but it will illustrate how I like to use my starter images . (This one is still waiting for a final crop )
  Posted: 09/12/2020 14:12:30
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Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Wow! this image has a soft ethereal feel. I don't see the need for a "final crop." It's beautiful as it is.   Posted: 09/12/2020 15:12:08
Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you very much, Peter.
This is my favorite for now.
It reminds me of a tall slender lady in her little dress .   Posted: 09/12/2020 15:26:01
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I don't see the need for a final crop either - the colors are so engaging. To me this looks like a dancing umbrella.   Posted: 09/22/2020 18:25:49

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Angela - love the drop this month! The bubble with its red base and the red in the "jumping" stem are great! Sharp and composition is very well done, even though I would like to see a little more of the base. Maybe your background is too close to your subject? Farther back would increase the blur and therefore might look cleaner to you. It doesn't look dirty to me, just a bit distracting because it's very bright.

  Posted: 09/22/2020 18:24:18
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Lynne, I am not sure I want to see the base. I think the bottom bubble stands on its own. Maybe it's me, but after another look, the bottom bubble reminds me of a coin operated gumball machine.   Posted: 09/22/2020 19:00:40

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you very much, Lynne.
The base does not stand up very high above the bottom because if I incline the camera to catch more of the liquid at the base then the container will be in the image . I had a hard time getting rid of small bubbles etc from the far side of the container so I feel that just the profile is the easiest to deal with. Usually the only time I show the whole base and the fluid at the horizon is when I tilt the camera to catch the splash and its reflection in a large pan of fluid .
  Posted: 09/22/2020 21:12:50
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Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
Here you have provided another wonderful example of these water drop collision, and again shows us what is happened in front of our eyes, even though we often fail to see it. The form and texture of the water is effective and the shapes presented are very interesting. I do think though that the bright colors compete with the water jets and droplets, and to my eye is rather distracting. The green is so intense and glaring that I loose sight of the water structure. I also think that there is also a bit too much space at the top. Although this crop may follow some "rule" (see my thoughts submitted under Jeff's image), here I think that less space at the top will force more attention to the drop collision table, which is one of the "stars of the show".   Posted: 09/27/2020 11:53:03


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