Thursday, February 11, 2010

Photographing a single drop - sounds simple, yes?

I marvel at the simplicity of an icicle, slowing dripping in the warming afternoon. Tough to photograph, though! I had to have my shutter speed fast enough to stop the drop (this bore out when I had to toss the first 30 images). Then I had to change the ISO settings to let in more light, because my highest f/stop on my zoomed-in settings was too dark (toss another 30-40 images...thank goodness for digital). Then I had to time the shots just right...I could see the water run down the icicle (snap) and most shots missed the drop. I was on continuous shooting, RAW+JPEG and could capture about 6 shots before I had to wait for the memory card to catch up.

After about 100 or so shots, I settled on this one. It's a little noisy but the drop is clear!

Shutter: 1/800, f/6.3, ISO 800, focal length 270mm tripod mount

13 comments:

  1. Wow!! Doesn't sound easy to me (but you sure made it look that way)! Absolutely spectacular! I am really loving this!

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  2. Great catch. I have always wondered about how long it takes to get drops at the right time or was it a doctored shot. Very interesting work.

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  3. This is a great capture! I've tried and tried but have not gotten anything close -- love it.

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  4. This would be on the level of me getting a tack sharp photo of a full moon....hard to do. You have amazing patience!

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  5. Fabulous!! You can even see the reflection of a tree in the drop of water. It was well worth all those shots. Aren't you glad you weren't shooting film!!

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  6. Very cool! Persistance pays off.

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  7. I'm so impressed! With your patience, your trials, and it all paid off! Terrific capture!

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  8. I had fun when I did that last year. I took a lot of shots too. You did a great job, looks like you got it just before it fell.

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  9. See what patience will get you! A prize-winning shot.

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  10. Patience is indeed a virtue. I especially love the reflection in the drop. So nice.

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