Oliver Morton  

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May 2022 - Untitled

May 2022 - Oliver Morton


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Title: A Water Jewel


Water Drop photography is fun; however, it can get frustrating after fiddling with drop sizes and timings all afternoon. I used two strobes, both with gel filters. And I added both a thickener and red food coloring to the water in the dropper. After a couple of hours, I decided that the answer to success (for me) lay in Photoshop, not in the actual water drop process. I’ve seen spectacular waterdrop images from experts who create intricate, multi-colored figures. I envy their abilities!

So, I gathered the images that showed a collision of two drops and went to my PC to see what could be done in Photoshop. As you can see by comparing the original image with the final one, I did a lot of manipulation during post-processing. The work was done with Photoshop, Camera Raw, Topaz DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI plugins, and a bit in the Anthropics Smart Photo Editor plugin. The Anthropics plugin is new to me but looks useful.

Data: Canon R5; 100mm macro lens; 1/60 sec; f/18; ISO 1600; two strobes, one at 1/128 and the other at 1/64; tripod.

11 comments posted

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Great results Pete! I think this is just as good as others I've seen from "expert" water drop photographers. I will get back to trying this once I've gotten past some issues that caused me to delay my endeavor in water drop photography.   Posted: 05/01/2022 21:03:24
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Richard. That means a lot to me.

When you're ready to get back into water drop work, let me know and I'll be glad to share some of my trials and tribulations... and how I finally got around them.   Posted: 05/02/2022 07:45:42

Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
Job very well done I'd say. I've been playing with ink trails in water but haven't got as trying with drops so I'm full of admiration.   Posted: 05/03/2022 07:57:50
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Candia. I haven't yet played with ink trails in water, but your comment has put it on my agenda. To me, the secret of water-drop photography is PATIENCE! It's also something that I have in short supply.

  Posted: 05/04/2022 16:51:24

David Price   David Price
You have done well here. I admire your patience. Other than putting a white boarder round to seperate it from the background I have no suggestions.   Posted: 05/04/2022 04:17:16
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Davie, thank you. Your appreciation is truly appreciated.

I debated about putting a border around the image. However, after giving some thought to how it would look against a black background, I decided that I'd like to see it "floating" on the screen.   Posted: 05/04/2022 16:54:16

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
I have done many water drop pics and this is entirely different than the usual ones. Spectacular as they are--mine never preached that echelon--this is an interesting approach, but I have to say it took me a while to study it and appreciate the difference

Well done Pete!   Posted: 05/08/2022 19:31:04
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Barbara. I've been playing with some PS manipulation of the waterdrop images. All that I've seen elsewhere are in color, so I decided to see how they look in B&W. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 05/08/2022 19:38:09
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Pete I like this one even better than that which you offered for this month, and the monochrome is an interesting idea, but I do lean toward the coloured ones for water drops.   Posted: 05/09/2022 17:17:42

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
WOW! WOW! WOW! That is just fabulous! I wish I had the patience that takes to do this type of photography!   Posted: 05/09/2022 11:28:39

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
I totally admire your patience and then your post processing skills. Congratulations on a great result. I like the multi-color gels you have used and the way they work together.   Posted: 05/11/2022 00:24:47


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