I know, I know, you’ve seen these water refraction shots on my blog many times before, but I can’t help myself. I find them compelling to both view and shoot. That said, I stumbled across an interesting article this morning (interesting to me that is) that outlined additional methods to capture water refraction drops on flowers and I just had to give it a go.
My first attempts at refraction photography utilized basic techniques. My camera was set to Aperture Priority mode, mounted on a sturdy tripod, I used a remote trigger (and of course my Macro lens). But I didn’t fully understand the exposure triangle, and thus, I ended up with fuzzy images that were either too light or too dark.
I tried again several weeks ago and ended up with much sharper results both indoors and outside in full sunlight. I even gave focus stacking a whirl to see if I could capture the “perfect” drop, but the results were just “meh” (considering the amount of time it took). I thought I might be ready to throw in the towel on the whole refraction thing as I just haven’t been able to create anything that I love, but then I found this article that argued that an aperture of f/8.0-f/11.0 yields the “perfect drop” (the photos were impressive). I had to know.
I still think they can be better, and I’m sure I’ll give it another go, as who doesn’t love an excuse to buy a few fresh flowers…?
“I will persist until I succeed…” unknown