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Raindrop Reflections

Assignment #33 Raindrop Reflections

This week we’re keeping with the reflection theme, but going even smaller. Have you ever wondered how they take a picture of a raindrop with the background in the raindrop.  If so today is the day you learn how to do it! What I found is you need a whole lot a patience….

What you will need:

A tripod
macro lens
Something to hold your flower up with
spray bottle of water
and a whole lot of patience

This is the video I watched before I tried. An excellent video with lots of tips by AdlerPhotoWorkshops:


At first I was going to head to a field of flowers, but as the wind was picking up and thunder storms quickly approaching I decided it was best to head to the flower store instead. To set up I got a white piece of cardboard to cover the background. Then I picked the two flowers out of the batch I was going to use. Here is my set up, pretty simple right!

When trying to get your background flower within the reflection remember everything is inverted within your raindrop. If  you think you need to move your flower to the left move it to the right and the same for up and down.

At first I tried using my Canon 55-200mm lens. This is the picture I got from that one:

I don’t pull this lens to often, but I thought I would give the macro side a try. I felt would definitely get closer by using the macro lens. This lens was only $11.42 it’s a pretty affordable accessory to have!

In the end I used the kit lens 18-55mm with the Neewer lens attached to get the picture. There is definitely a lot of patience involved even in the house with no wind to contend with. You will bump your table and your water drops will fall, but give it a try. It’s always fun to try something new! Now next time I am in a field of with drops of rain all over I will know exactly what to do!

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