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    Rain Drops

    I have wanted to take a shot like this for years, and finally spent some time with it tonight.

    Shot at f/16 for 6 seconds and ISO 100. This was taken with 100mm f/2.8 macro lens and 68mm's of extension tubes.

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    Re: Rain Drops

    Very cool! I like where you're going with this technique! The focused flowers inside the droplets is a great touch.

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    Thanks Bob. This was a lot of fun to play with.
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    Re: Rain Drops

    Beautiful shot, that must have taken some time to get "just right".

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    Gorgeous. The colors really make this shot work like crazy.

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    Very nice - I like it a lot!

    Great idea and great execution.
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    Re: Rain Drops

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Here are a few more images from last nights experiment.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Rain Drops-img_6174.jpg   Rain Drops-img_6176.jpg   Rain Drops-img_6179.jpg  
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    Re: Rain Drops

    Excellent shots! I really like the first one and the first one in the group of three. The focused flowers in the drops make it.

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    Re: Rain Drops

    Quote Originally Posted by nps474
    Gorgeous. The colors really make this shot work like crazy.
    Yes,Gorgeous....
    I can't say begin to say enough about the color or the comp.Fantastic captures, very nicely done. :thumbsup:

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    Thanks Dan and Rick.
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    WOW , Mike your really mastering this technique well done .
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    Thanks Knight. I wish I would have taken a series of photos to run through the Helicon Focus program to try to get reflections in the drops even sharper. Oh well, I'm still very happy with the way these came out.

    My next goal is to actually take some shots like this in nature.
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    Re: Rain Drops

    these are simple amazing!!!!
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    Thanks Paul.
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    Mike, These are amazing. I really dig the last one where you can almost see detail in the drop!! Beautiful!
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    very cool stuff mike !

    I have been meaning to mess with the focus stacking - but have been quite busy and the time just isn't there for that yet ....
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    Major cool, man. These are just plain awesome. You must have a lot of patience.
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    Re: Rain Drops

    wow, they are so amazing, you must be very proud of those shots.

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    Thanks Serenity, Ben, Mike and Beccyboo.

    This did take a bit of patience to set up and get to work the way I wanted it to. Here is an image of how I had this set up. The hardest part was getting the drops to form at a decent size. The whole setup was very shaky. The table shakes if you move and the leaf would shake even more. Just spraying the mist onto the leaf would make it move all over the place. I had to try to hold is steady while I sprayed it, and then hope that it wouldn't move to much when I let it go. Any little bump to the table would cause the drops to fall off, and I would have to start all over again. Next time I may try to find a more sturdy place to set this up.
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    Good lord, you have tons of patience and it shows. A++ outstanding :thumbsup:

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    Hey, Mike, your shot is the Featured Photo in the Photo Gallery. Big Congrats !!

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    Patience rewarded ! :thumbsup: Unique shots,well-deserved featured photo

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