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Hatch1921
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Flower Drops

Post by Hatch1921 »

Picked up another flash last week... thought I would give a dual flash setup a try...

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Hope everyone had a fun weekend.
Hatch

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Wow aren't those wonderful. I don't know how many times I have attempted such and have only succumbed to failure in my attempts. Great photographs Hatch. :D

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Post by beetleman »

I agree with Ken...they are very beautiful. Do you have any tips for us on how to get results like this..please, please, please :smt083
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Post by Hatch1921 »

Thank you both very much :)

Items needed:

1 blade of grass
1 flower
1 solid background($1 at a crafts store)
1 syringe to apply the water drop to the grass blade
1 clamp to hold the blade of grass

I placed the grass about 2 inches infront of the flower

Equipment used:
Canon 20D
Canon 100mm macro
Canon 1.4xTC
Kenko extension tubes (any combo)
580ex flash set to ETTL +1/3rd with diffuser (master flash)
430ex set to +0 with a diffuser (slave)

I placed the 430ex about 6 inches from the drop

Manual settings were:
ExposureTime : 1/250Sec
FNumber : F11.0
ExposureProgram : Manual
ISOSpeedRatings : 100
Flash : Fired(Compulsory/red-eye)
Manual focus

Hope some of this helps... this was more trial and error to produce a few decent shots. Trying to position the flash head/s presented a challenge. Not that there wasn't enough light... the flash artifacts were all over the place. Still... pretty pleased for just messing around. I think next time I will try this outside with natural light and a tripod. Fun stuff!

Thanks again,
Hatch

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Post by beetleman »

Thank you very much Hatch. This is what this forum is all about. You were kind enough to post your wonderful photos and some great info on how you set it all up... It Certainly explained a lot to me about your technique. The larger versions are fantastic :smt023
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Post by crocoite »

Great shots Hatch, especially the first one. That would be just about the best flower photo I have seen.

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Post by Carl_Constantine »

Those are great Hatch. I love the reflection of the other flower in the drop of water. Great artistic effect.
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Post by DaveW »

The professional photographers often use glycerine in place of water as it is supposed to be better for photography, don't ask me why!

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Post by Cyclops »

Very neat lensing effect!

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Post by DaveW »

I found why photographers use glycerine under lights:-

"She gets up late and brings along a spray bottle filled with water and creates her own "dew" any time of day! As an alternative, some photographers use drops of glycerine (bought at the local drug store) because it won't evaporate as fast."

It is also used for this purpose in food photography I gather.

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Post by MacroLuv »

Super! :D I never got success with a drop mirror efect.
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Hatch1921
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Post by Hatch1921 »

Thank you all very much for the great comments. I will have to give the glycerine trick a try. Thank you again everyone for the kind words.

Hatch :D

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