Sunday, April 17, 2011

Project 52 - Week 15

I follow a blog called MCP Actions which gives alot of tips on photography.  A few weeks ago, they posted a blog on how to capture water droplets from a faucet.  When I was reading it, I thought it sounded pretty easy.  Of course, I should have known then that it wasn't going to be easy.

Tonight I had a bit of time so I thought I would give it a try.  I set up my camera in the kitchen and spent the next ten minutes trying to get a drip from the faucet.  That was probably the second hardest part of this whole project.  I then started taking pictures.  I used my wireless remote so as not to disturb the camera.   I quickly found that I didn't have enough light in the kitchen so I had to pull in every extra lamp I could find.  The kitchen started to look like a lamp store.

I found a few things to be aware of when you're doing this project:

1)  You need alot of light for this project.  You have to have a fast shutter speed to capture the droplet so if you don't have enough light, it just won't work.
2)  You need a large memory card.  You have to get the timing just right on these pictures so you'll end up taking alot of them.
3)  Clean your faucet.  You're taking pictures up close and personal - people will see the dirtiness! 

These pictures ended up being alot harder than I thought they would be.  I wasn't able to catch any droplets suspended in air.  I think I just couldn't get my shutter speed fast enough.  I'll have to try again during the day sometime when I have some extra sunlight coming into the house.




  1. It does sound like a simple task and even a simple concept. But looking at the first of your pictures there, you could get very creative and some fantastic shots just playing around with the type of light refracting through the droplet. Would be good to see your daylight attempts to see if the droplet can be clearer

  2. I love the top photo. We are going to be in the market for some artwork for certain walls soon. The colors above would go perfectly :)