The lupines are coming up in our back garden … many in places I don’t want them. But that’s okay. I found it fascinating to see them after the rain. Most of them had raindrops still on them, and right in the middle of them. The raindrops almost look like jewels.
who made the heavens, the earth, the sea
and the springs of water.
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Last week I posted some happy face pictures I took in water drops that were dripping from a faucet. At the same time I tried using a couple of other backgrounds. The first picture is of a heart. You can see the original heart in the background and the inverted heart in the bubbles.
This next one was of a pattern. I was just interested in seeing what the different colours would look like.
When the water drops are coming down, it takes some perseverance to catch a photo of the drop. I found if I counted between the time one drop fell to the time the next one fell, I was able to guess when it would be a good time to take a photo.
Using a flash unit really helps when trying to catch a water drop. I aimed it at the back drop which helped. The kitchen area around the faucet area is white, so the light bounced around, which I liked. You also need to crop your photo so that it shows up well.
For all things in heaven and on earth
were created in Him.
I’ve been wanting to try catching water drops from a tap or faucet, so thought I would try this. The first one I tried was a happy face – not original on my part – I saw this on the internet somewhere. The picture (happy face) is inverted when it is seen through the water drop, so I put the original picture (the one in the background) upside down.
The drops aren’t always the same shape, so it makes the happy face look different. You can see the original happy face showing in the background.
It can be a bit difficult making sure that the drop will be in focus, but I used the same methods as I use when doing regular water drops – I put a knife in the spot where I thought the drop might come down, and manually focused on the knife. Cropping the picture can make it look a lot bigger than it actually is. The other difficult thing is the timing, but after awhile, you can start to guess when to take the photo.
It’s interesting the way God has made water, with its different properties. It’s one of those things on this earth that we cannot do without, and I’m glad He provided it for us.
When I was doing water drops last week, I thought I’d try dropping some oil into water. This seemed very different. I had a harder time with my focus, and am not sure when I look at the drop in the picture below whether it is a focus issue, or does the oil “separate” as it drops? I’ll have to try this again, and really concentrate on making sure I have a sharp focus. You can tell in this first photo that it is oil because of the droplets on the water.
This next photo isn’t sharp all the way through, but I thought it was interesting because you can see the dark red of the food coloring I put in the water showing through the crown.
Being able to take sharp photographs can be difficult sometimes, and it takes a lot of practise. I’m hoping to improve in this area.
In life, we need a focus. When our focus is on the Lord Jesus Christ, He helps us as we go through life on this earth.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
This week I had the chance to work with water drops and milk drops. I still used the plastic bag with the small hole to make the drops. Some of them were into a pan of water while others were into a champagne glass (filled to the top).
Working with milk is different, especially for the lighting. I usually use one flash to the side, and it is aimed at the background. I found that I had to add some light to the other side so that it wasn’t all in shadow. I think I could still use a stronger light on that side.
This first picture was the drop going into the pan. The reflections were from a backdrop with red and white lines.
You can see the background more in this next picture. This drop is into a champagne glass. It’s interesting to see the difference in the drop when it is milk. The reflections on the surface look different too.
The next one is a drop into the pan. The reflection had hearts on it.
The background in this one is a red plastic sheet.
The last one has a white background. I was playing around with making it high key. I still need to work on this area.
Many of these look similar, but they are still all different. We may look similar to other people, but we are all different. God has made each of us unique, and He loves each one of us.
God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
I had some time to try some more water drops. Originally I thought I could use a forget-me-not on the background to show as a reflection in the water drop. I didn’t have any success with that (will have to try again). So … instead I put a few small flowers on the water surface itself, and took some pictures. Not all of them turned out the way I wanted, but I was able to get a few that turned out okay. I’ll have to try some more using flowers and water drops.
I like this time of year. It’s good to see the new growth around us, and the beautiful flowers that God provides and looks after. There is beauty all around us. We need to praise the One who made everything.
They speak of the glorious splendor of Your Majesty
— and I will meditate on Your wonderful works.
Wow! I finally managed to get a photograph of a water drop colliding with another. It isn’t as fancy as some, but I’m making progress.
I’ll keep trying, and see what happens. This is the only one I managed to get. I know that if I purchased one of the kits for doing this, that I could probably do them, but I’d like to try to do it without putting out that money right now. Am I asking for the impossible?
It’s good to challenge ourselves to try new things, and to figure new things out. When you’re interested in doing photography, there is always something you can learn and work to improve. One of these challenges can be to show God’s creation in a way that others can learn about Him through your photos.
Through Him (Jesus) all things were made;
without Him (Jesus) nothing was made that has been made.
Hmmm … I’ve been continuing to try to get a picture of two water drops colliding. So, I thought I would show some of my attempts and then I can come back and look at my learning stages later on. When I was working on these, I used tungsten as my white balance, which gives the blue colour in the following pictures.
The new system I’m trying is making things easier for me to have more regular water drops. However, I would like to do more than this:
The problem I am having is that the hole the water is dripping through is too big. I’ll have to look for something that has a smaller hole. So … in the meantime … one of my attempts looks like a snail if you use your imagination:
And a snail is not what I’m looking for. So, I kept trying. Finally, I actually got something that looked like part of what I wanted. Almost there …
I’ll keep trying. Hopefully I’ll be able to get one soon.
We often have difficulty doing something that we want to do. At this point we can choose to quit or keep trying. I’ve often found when having physio for injuries, that it can be tempting to stop working. However, if you stick it out, and keep trying, you are often rewarded. When you are one of God’s children, you know that you don’t have to face these things or trials on your own. He is there for you and will help you.
I can do everything through Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) who gives me strength.
When I was going through some of my water drop pictures, I almost missed seeing this one. The drop looks like the shape of a heart, so I thought it would be good for Valentine’s. I changed the colour of the drop to red so that it would stand out, but otherwise did not change anything, except for putting a vignette around the picture.
Valentine’s Day is when a lot of people receive chocolates, flowers, special meals, and other gifts. This is meant to show the people that they are loved by the person presenting the gift.
There are a lot of people who do not receive anything at this time, and this may make them feel that they are not loved. It can be a difficult time for many.
However, there is good news. God loves each and every one of us. He loves us so much that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, here to die for us. This is His gift to us. We are special in His eyes.
This is love: not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10
I’ve been trying water drops again. I’d still like to make some with the two drops colliding, but I haven’t managed it yet. Before this, I used a plastic bag and put a hole in the bottom for the drips to drop through. However, my husband has helped me put something new together. I now have a bottle set up as a mariotte siphon with the idea of having a more regular water drop, or at least one I can control a bit better.
I also played with some backgrounds, and some different lighting on the background. Still lots to learn.
It’s interesting that God has made water to be so beautiful for us. We are used to seeing it in lakes and rivers, but we don’t get to see it in such small detail with our own eyes. This may be why I have been fascinated with the water drops. And … I like the challenge of trying to get photos of this area of His handiwork.
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will show forth all your marvellous works.