Angela Chan  

Water Drops Art: Drops by Angela Chan

October 2020 - Water Drops Art: Drops

About the Image(s)

This is another basic 2 drops collision of white milky drops in front of a dark blue background.

Three variables are applied here were: Drop size, the Delay between subsequent drops and Flash delay. A Surfactant (dish washing liquid has been added to decrease surface tension. This helps to create those droplets at the end of the main subject. Although you might use the same settings, I think that you will never get exactly the same image twice.

Here I used my Sony A6000 camera with a 90 mm Sony Macro Lens (f/22, 1/6 sec and 4
flashes at 1/128 power each). The background had been changed to black in Ligtroom and put on top of a background created by a gradient filter in PhotoShop. Here I used the blend mode "Multiply", where white becomes transparent and shows the image underneath.

My editing is better than my photography and I am really enjoying the last few weeks of experimenting with different editing techniques. I found that it is much easier to extract the subject and put it on another background (instead of trying to spot heal or clone which always leaves a dirty background in my eyes. With the use of blend modes and Hue/Saturation the possibilities are endless.

Usually I would only use images that are in good focus so to select by focus should be quite easy. With my new editing workflow, the thousands of images that had been put aside are finally seeing day-light. My water drops techniques are still in the basement but I intend to use these beginners images as material for my new Water Drops Arts.

It is always best to smell the roses along the way..

2 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What the fun and colorful image you have given us. I believe that one of the things that make this so interesting is that you have given us a base to the water fountain, so we have a sense of connectedness to the bloom. I really like your chose of background replacement as well as this really emphasizes the colors.

I do think that the subject is a bit overexposed (blown out) at the tips of the collision table and in the remnants of the Worthington Jet (stem of the structure). Would it be possible to reduce the exposure in these parts to allow more of the water structure to come through? Perhaps increasing the micro contrast in the red areas might do the same thing. Finally, I do find that some of the blue drops extending from the collision table are becoming lost in the dark background. If this were my image I might be tempted to lighten up these drops (or perhaps change the color or hue slightly) to allow these elements to stand out more.

All in all, though an wonderful image you should be proud of.   Posted: 10/05/2020 13:19:08

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Thank you for sharing this beautiful and almost ethereal image. The intertwined complimentary and supplemental colors are pleasing to me. I like the way you gave the red a soft look. That softness is hard to achieve with red. I am a firm believer that all images do not need to be tack sharp. Many convey an artistic feel by being soft. Just as images such as the one you are sharing here benefit from areas where colors have a lower luminosity.

My only suggestion would be to add a thin white border around your image, so we can distinguish it from the black background.   Posted: 10/06/2020 20:16:52


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