Category Archives: Water Drop Sculptures

Macro photos of water droplets dropping into liquid.

Introduction

Drops of water are among the most common objects in our daily lives. When it is raining outside, millions of droplets hit the ground every second. And yet when looking close at something that accustomed, a whole new world unfolds: A new side of things which we can usually not experience with our senses.
It’s all just gravity and surface effects, but the pictures with their organic forms, their symmetry and their dynamics fascinate us.

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Photo of a collapsing water jet which erupted after a droplet hit the liquid surface

A long exposure time (five seconds) was used in a dark environment, and an external flash (used off camera) was then manually triggered to capture this photo. The red and purple color was achieved by the use of accordingly colored reflectors behind and to the side of the object.

water drop hits surface of liquid, jet of water is collapsing (purple)

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Photo of water drops over a blue liquid surface

This photo shows a collapsed water jet consisting of four transparent droplets. A blue water tank and blue paper were used to give the deep blue coloration (by reflecting the flashlight back to the camera).

Water Drop: Blue Jet

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droplets and a jet of water over a liquid surface

Another shot of water drops floating on a liquid surface. The different colors (red , purple and blue) were introduced by reflecting the camera flash off various colored paper sheets, which were positioned around the bowl of water.

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Photo of golden drops of water over a liquid surface

The photo shows several drops of water, into whose a water jet had dispersed, over a liquid surface. The water was colored with eosine Y, a red dye, to give the golden/yellow color (the golden rather than red color impression is due to dilution).
The bright areas of the image were bleached during digital post-processing with Adobe PhotoShop.

Water Drop: Golden Jet

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Photo of coronet generated by a drop of water (green)

The photo shows the coronet formed by a droplet hitting the liquid water surface. The green color of the waterdrop and of the coronet were generated by dissolving a fluorescent dye (fluorescein, a triphenylmethane/xanthene compound) in the water and by UV illumination of the scene.

water drop coronet, fluorescent green dye (fluorescein)

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Photo of red jet generated by water droplet

This photo shows the jet of water generated by a droplet hitting the liquid water surface. The red color of the waterdrop and of the ejected jet were generated by dissolving a fluorescent dye (eosin Y, a brominated derivative of fluorescein) in the water.

Waterdrop: Red Jet (colored with Eosin Y).

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Photo of a waterjet immediately before dissipation

This photo shows a water jet shortly before separation of a droplet. The off-camera flash was bounced of red and blue paper sheets to color the water surface.

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Photo of a whirlpool / black hole

This is a macro shot of a colorful whirlpool, which was created by dropping a drop of water into a bowl filled with water. An off-camera flash was bounced off a multicolored sheet of paper to create this diversely colored surface. The colors and contrast were further carved out during digital post processing in Adobe Photoshop.

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Photo of rocket fuel

rocket fuel

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Red Coronet

This is a recolored version of the previously posted photograph. The originally green color of the liquid was changed to red and the color saturation of the formerly blue water was reduced. A tedious adjustment of the contrast produced this picture.

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Rainbow Droplets

This is a macro shot of a large number of water droplets on the surface of a compact disc. By illuminating the CD in the right angle with a flashlight during the rather long exposure time of 3.2 sec, the surface of the disc is colored in all colors of the rainbow. A fill-flash was used off-camera to accentuate the shape of the drops on the flat surface. The small aperture ensures sharpness throughout the picture.

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Water droplet in action

The bleached, high-contrast tone of this shot was created mostly during digital post-processing (bleach-bypass and cross-processing).

blue water droplet action

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