The Evolution by grizzlysghost

The Evolution

Of A Shot

I am sure we've all been there, here is my story.

I had an idea; to do a droplet pattern in the shape of a paw print and photograph my dog(s) through the droplets so they would appear in all of the parts of the paw print. Problem is, the glass I put the droplets on had to stay horizontal... and I needed it vertical.

So I had an idea to use a "technique" I've used before; take the shot through the waist level viewfinder through one of my old cameras.

And, since the dogs are unpredictable, I thought I would test this technique out on some flowers; much easier subjects to work with.

So I set the whole apparatus up on the deck: the flowers, the Mamiya (for the viewfinder), my tripod, digital camera, and black blanket (I'll explain that one in a second).

Here is my set-up shot: http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/Flowersupport1of4.jpg
I was using the viewfinder on my Mamiya RB67, seen here: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2011-04-13

Ok, pretty straight-forward so far. So I dropped some water onto a plate of glass I got from an old photo frame and placed it on top of the viewfinder, like so: http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/Flowersupport2of4.jpg

Problem is, there was a LOT of light noise covering the viewfinder, so I had to drape myself and the whole rig under a black blanket. This is the best I could manage at the time with this configuration, and I wasn't happy with it at all: http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/Flowersupport3of4.jpg

So, to heck with the whole rig, I pulled the camera off the tripod, held it in one hand while I holding the glass plate with my other hand, positioned myself over the top of these flowers and a few frames later, presto!

And there you have it.

If you've read this far... you've earned a Gold Star! Thanks!! :)
I read it all, but you had my Fav at evolution of a shot. :) you inspire!
September 4th, 2012  
And you know I love your paw print drop idea. :)
September 4th, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Haha, thanks so much Robyn! Now wake Arwen up and get the Paw Print shot I mentioned above! :)
September 4th, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Haha, I was typing my response before I saw your second post! Brilliant minds! :)
September 4th, 2012  
Hahaha, I love the process you went through - and often the simplest way is the best in the end. :D this is just awesome - I love the creativity. I hope you get that dog paw print shot soon. :D
September 4th, 2012  
@pocketmouse You are so right Teresa! I don't know how many times I've over-complicated a shot only to get back to the basics where I should have been in the first place! :)
September 4th, 2012  
I'd like my gold star please! Now I want to dopne of these too!
September 4th, 2012  
What a great idea! And I would like my Gold Star as well! lol! What beautiful result! Nice Work!
September 4th, 2012  
@swguevin Haha, ok Sheila you earned it!! This is really pretty easy to do, go for it!! Maybe draw some arches of water on the glass and put it over a photo of a rainbow; then you would have a bunch of little watery rainbows! LOL
September 4th, 2012  
@jennklein Haha, you got it Jennifer! Thanks!
September 4th, 2012  
Very cool shot!!
September 4th, 2012  
@kwind Thanks KWind! :)
September 4th, 2012  
very cool drop
September 4th, 2012  
@stude73 Thanks Sandra!
September 4th, 2012  
After all that, I think it was worth it!
September 4th, 2012  
@makailsmom Thanks Shauna! :)
September 4th, 2012  
Soooooo cool Aaron!
September 4th, 2012  
@socalgal Thanks Patty!
September 4th, 2012  
Gold star for me -- and for you too - love this! It's way cool :)
September 4th, 2012  
Good work, you get a gold star.
September 4th, 2012  
Very fun shot! Now where is my Gold Star????
September 4th, 2012  
@pjonas Thanks Patty!
@tigerdreamer Haha, thanks Karen!
@hopess13 In the post of course Rachel! :)
September 4th, 2012  
very nicely done. love how sharp the flowers are through the drops
September 4th, 2012  
This is cool...I'm still trying towork out what the Mamiya was doing...
September 4th, 2012  
Gold start applied! very cool shot - I can never get the image in the droplet sharp enough! Love the story behind this and the lengths you went to to try and get your result - when I've got the patience and time, that's the best bit of this project for me!
September 4th, 2012  
@abhijit Thanks Abhijit!
@swilde Thanks Sue! I was using the Mamiya to get a frontal shot of the flowers, angled through the waist-level viewfinder. It wasn't working so I just went with a straight overhead directly.
@sparkle Haha, I agree Juliette!
September 4th, 2012  
Love the idea.... I tried it close-up the other day. Must try it from further away. Glad I won't need the black blanket...I get funny looks around here as it is...
September 4th, 2012  
wOw ~ amazing work of art... I have earned a gold star and you have earned a mega fav ♥
September 4th, 2012  
Thank for sharing the story of a shot ... gold star for me :) But I still don't get the technique and I think I need to read it again (do I get 2 stars then ;) However, I really like this shot. It's different and I love the colors!
September 4th, 2012  
Fascinating! Now I'll wait patiently for the paw shaped droplet photo :)
September 4th, 2012  
@filsie65 Haha, thanks Phil! I did feel a bit ridiculous! :)
@aromatic Haha, thanks Jane!
@sabrinaromahn Thanks Sabrina!
@sassik Thank you Sassik, it will happen... eventually... :)
September 4th, 2012  
Wow. Explaining the shot makes it even more cool, thanks for sharing! I immediately started to think about different shapes I could try... :D
September 4th, 2012  
@joa Haha, that's awesome Johanna!
September 4th, 2012  
Wonderful shot,sounds very complicated!! Great outcome!! Fav!!
September 4th, 2012  
This is a perfect example of the end justifies the means...the result is absolutely beautiful!
September 4th, 2012  
@carolmw Thanks so much Carol! :)
@groovygirlrn Thank you Sheri! :)
September 4th, 2012  
wow! you are so creative and so clever
September 4th, 2012  
@sueh Haha, thanks Sue!
September 4th, 2012  
Fantastic story. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose shots end up a bit of saga. Worth it though - love the colours. :)
September 4th, 2012  
@humphreyhippo Thanks HH! So many times I wind up with a shot that was nowhere near my initial idea! :)
September 4th, 2012  
A flower of flowers. Awesome. Fav.

And I love the story.
September 4th, 2012  
@nadaa Thank you so much Nada!
September 4th, 2012  
Cool shot and idea. Lovely colours and your focus is spot-on.
September 5th, 2012  
@ladyjane Thanks LadyJane! :)
September 5th, 2012  
sooooooooooo greaaaaaaaaaaaat one
September 5th, 2012  
@sarra Thanks Sarra!
September 5th, 2012  
I want my goldstar too...I even clicked on all the links! This is very cool and while I still didn't understand it .... I like it. Fav
September 5th, 2012  
@lynnb Haha, thanks so much Lynn! :)
September 5th, 2012  
Wow, alot of work, but a lovely result in the end. Thanks for he explanation too.
September 5th, 2012  
well done! :)
September 5th, 2012  
@stuckinoz Thanks Janelle!
@agentzuckerguss Thank you Katia! :)
September 5th, 2012  
Haha sounds like you had quite a busy day! Cool perspective in this photo! Nicely done!
September 5th, 2012  
@cjphoto Thanks Chris! Sadly, many of my photos have similar stories :)
September 5th, 2012  
Ok I read it all I want my gold star, lol. This is very interesting thanks for the helpful and very descriptive tip, love that you added set up shots. This is something I need to do more often I think I get a lot of questions sometimes. I would really like to try this or something very similar.
Thanks again.
September 7th, 2012  
@shuterfly Thanks Sondra! Have fun with it! :)
September 7th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost I'm gonna try, usually my bottle is a predictable model but it has it's days. LOL
September 7th, 2012  
Here is my attempt, I used thinner glass and the macro with the "center spot" filter. Need more patience for this shot, don't have it today. Hats off to you for this one. http://365project.org/shuterfly/365/2012-09-07
September 7th, 2012  
Cool Shot! FAV!
September 9th, 2012  
@tskipper Thanks Tami!
September 9th, 2012  
Fav...just to get that out of the way. Thank you for doing all the set up shots and posting all of this so we can learn! I want to try this to add to my usual nature shot repertoire .....I do not do much if any "set up" shots. Now...question...we're you standing over these flowers looking at them from above? And last...what made thA clear stem and leaves at bottom right?
September 10th, 2012  
@espyetta Thanks MaryBeth! I was standing exactly over them; they were at my feet. The clear stem and leaves are just water, like the flower petals. I just took the eye dropper and drug it across the glass to make the stem and two little drops for the leaves.
September 10th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost Got it! Thanks!
September 10th, 2012  
Like all my fourth graders, I have now put my gold star on my face! Thanks
September 10th, 2012  
Bloody fantastic!
September 12th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy Thanks!
September 12th, 2012  
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