Elements

Fire (red)
Earth (green)
Air (blue)
Water (clear)

Please view LARGE on black (the small magnifying glass icon above this photo)!

I found a turkey feather today; doubtless dropped by one of the local toms that wander about the property... just what I needed to stoke the idea train!

Materials: feather, glitter, water, off-camera flash, camera, tripod.
Application: sprinkle feather with glitter (in this case, I used red, blue, green), add water drop, take about 50 shots from different angles with different f/stops and different flash angles.

Lighting provided by off-camera flash on rear left (almost pointed directly back at the camera). You can see the shadow cast by the droplet on this side, stretching to the right foreground.)

For those interested, here is a shot of my setup. I kept it VERY simple. I was having some issues with my hot shoe slave; and while I DO have a long pc cable, I didn't want to get it. So, with a 2-second exposure, there was plenty of time to press the "Test" button on the back of my flash while the shutter was open. So I would press the shutter release (it was on a 2-second timer so all camera shake would be gone by the time the shutter opened. I was also in preview mode so the mirror was up, creating even less shake; which is why the image is so clear), then the flash button on the flash. I tried it from many different angles. I keep the camera low as well so I can shorten the dof as much as possible. Give it a go if you like, you might be surprised by the results!
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/setup1of1-1_zpse9be632c.jpg

*Note: no photoshops were harmed in the making of this image, just a little tweak to lighting and a crop. I say this because there may be some out there who think they need "mad PS skillz" but I'm telling you, you do not. :)

PP 9 January 2013
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-01-09at84459AM_zpsba62e0f5.png
Great colours reflected in water from light and feather
posted January 8th, 2013  
This is the most beautiful photograph that I have seen today! It's gorgeous! Pleased to hear that I don't have to learn loads of PS skills as well as how to improve my photography! :0)
posted January 8th, 2013  
That's very inventive of you... super pretty!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Beautiful!!!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Gorgeous! (I'm sure the Mark II and a100 mm macro lens don't hurt either ... ;). )
posted January 8th, 2013  
awesome bokeh, very creative!
posted January 8th, 2013  
oooh! gorgeous colors!
posted January 8th, 2013  
love this! so sparkily!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Well, who knew turkey feathers were so colorful?? Not me anyway!
posted January 8th, 2013  
This is crazy beautiful!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Wow this is absolutely stunning!! And thanks for the explanation on how-to, very useful :-) Fav!
posted January 8th, 2013  
This is amazing! :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Pure magic. BEautiful.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Getting the idea is the best! Developing and fine tuning it is fun and you have achieved an excellent result! Really beautiful! fav
posted January 8th, 2013  
wonderful shot..
posted January 8th, 2013  
LOVE this ! Thanks for the explanation Fav
posted January 8th, 2013  
Fabulous!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Very pretty, I like the fire
posted January 8th, 2013  
@btorrey Thanks Brenda, me too! I had no idea how this would turn out (in fact, my earlier photos are much different), and only thought of it as "Elements" after posting it here :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Magic, and a fav!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Wow, a beautiful creation was born. Very nice.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Stunning as always! Thanks for telling us how you did it, one of these days I will have to give it a go :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Love the colors.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Lovely shot. I see a glowing sword handle in the stone. Fave for me!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Isn't water actually blue though? Hey you have already had the fluffy and gushing comments ;)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Love the sharpness of the droplet, great focus. Fav
posted January 8th, 2013  
@jase_h Dude, from you that is gushing! ;)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Aaron ----Aamazing as always :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
posted January 8th, 2013  
phenomenal
posted January 9th, 2013  
Aaron. I don't know what to say. It is stunning. This is ART!
And I so love how you generously tell what you did. But, who but you would have even thought of this!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Incredible shot. Simply amazing
posted January 9th, 2013  
It just occurred to me. Could you take a shot of your set up? I am trying to get motivated in the cold here to set up something in the basement where I could experiment.
posted January 9th, 2013  
oh wow.... I suck at photography... this is awesome.
posted January 9th, 2013  
@robynelizabethv You absolutely do not suck Robyn! Maybe you haven't tapped into your full potential yet, but you do NOT suck! :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
@cdonohoue I've put it all away Cathy, but for you, I will set it back up and post a shot :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost Thank you!!! Just take a shot of the process for the next great one. My husband is also amazed when I told him what he was looking at.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Gorgeous! Fave!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Dang. So creative!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fantastic.
posted January 9th, 2013  
How awesome! Very creative!
posted January 9th, 2013  
@cdonohoue Ok Cathy, I updated the description with a short tutorial and link! :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
This is incredible! Fabulous focus and wonderful colours and patterns. Fav for me.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Very cool. Thanks for the set up
posted January 9th, 2013  
Wow, that is absolutely amazing. Fav for sure.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Awesome !!! a Fav
posted January 9th, 2013  
...and the 5th element...bokeh! Fav. fantastic shot. Can't wait to see the rest.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Very cool Aaron
posted January 9th, 2013  
FANTASTIC!!!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Very creative and gorgeous! Love it!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Oh, this is so creative and just beautiful. I love it. FAV!
posted January 9th, 2013  
What a wonderful result! I appreciate seeing how you set it up!
posted January 9th, 2013  
How fun and creative is this!!!! Thank you so much for including your "how to" . This is appreciated. This is a FAVE.!!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Really did take on a life of its own! Very colorful!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Wow -- really impressive, and I appreciate the guide to how you did it as well as the picture of the setup. Sounds like a challenging shot but a lot of fun to do.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Oooh gorgeous - and the fire part is my fave bit:)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Cool! love the colours
posted January 9th, 2013  
I love the rainbow of colours
posted January 9th, 2013  
Came back to fav after viewing large on computer
posted January 9th, 2013  
Awesome...simply awesome
posted January 9th, 2013  
Absolutely loving the colours:-)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Great colours
posted January 9th, 2013  
What wonderful imagination you have............this beauty from a feather, amazing......well done you another fav..boring!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Awesome shot
posted January 9th, 2013  
thanks for sharing Aaron ... I may have to try :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
beautiful and very creative!!! I love your set up shot too....looks like your gorgeous dog is wondering what on earth you are doing!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Love it Aaron. Fav
posted January 9th, 2013  
Love the colors!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fav .... you are here... PP ;)
posted January 9th, 2013  
fav-that is all
posted January 9th, 2013  
Beautiful...Fav
posted January 9th, 2013  
Amazing and so creative!
posted January 9th, 2013  
HUGE thanks to everyone for you comments and faves, we made the Pop Page! You guys ROCK!!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Thanks for sharing your set up. The curiousness in me likes to know the behind the scenes how-to. Very cool end result!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Beautiful. I agree, thanks for sharing how you did this.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Me like.
posted January 9th, 2013  
a-maz-ing great shot,
posted January 9th, 2013  
I love this - the colours are so beautiful. The technicalities of how it was achieved are all greek to me as a complete novice, but I can still appreciate a beautiful shot!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Totally awesome viewed large. Thanks!
posted January 9th, 2013  
looks almost ike an opal so beautiful
posted January 9th, 2013  
Very striking composition! Can hardly wait to try it myself!
posted January 9th, 2013  
So clever and a fantastic result. The colours are wonderful.
posted January 9th, 2013  
BLING BLING! :D
posted January 9th, 2013  
I was about to offer you untold riches if I could have that glass droplet in my coloured glass collection. Problem being I don't have untold riches, and it isn't glass, but I love it anyway! Fav of course. (Should ask Ross if we can have separate fave folders for different 365ers...!)
posted January 9th, 2013  
@filsie65 Haha, thanks so much Phil (and wouldn't that be nice?) :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Beautiful colours and bokeh!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Oooh lovely to see you back on the PP - about time I say!
posted January 10th, 2013  
@corymbia Yay, suspension lifted! :)
posted January 10th, 2013  
Awesome shot! Love the colors. I viewed the set-up shot and it looks like Bennett is watching, too! FAV!
posted January 10th, 2013  
@tskipper Haha, thank you so much Tami! Bennett is ALWAYS watching; he rarely lets me out of his sight :)
posted January 10th, 2013  
Lyn
Beautiful, Aaron and I just love that Bennett is enjoying what you do every step of the way! Lucky man. . .
posted January 10th, 2013  
Very cool! A Fav
posted January 10th, 2013  
Awesome!
posted January 10th, 2013  
Gorgeous! I love the colors in this and just love the crisp curve on the waterdrop.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Beautiful and impressive. Hot shoe slave? My imagination is running wild imagery based on that phrase. LOL
posted January 10th, 2013  
Superb, Aaron!
FAV!
posted January 10th, 2013  
Too technical for me but gosh I love looking at it. Beautifully done.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Fave number 47 :) x
posted January 10th, 2013  
@judis Haha Judi! The difference between a "hot shoe" slave and a hot "shoe slave" :)
posted January 10th, 2013  
I love this, and I enjoy your commentary on how you set up the shot. Gives me a little inspiration on finding or creating my own interesting photos at a time of year when some days it seems there are none!
posted January 10th, 2013  
What great effect! Where did you come up with the idea?
posted January 10th, 2013  
@lynnb Thanks Lynn! I've done water drops on feathers before, but they are rather plain and I've been on a bokeh reflection kick of late, so I thought I'd add glitter and light. What it did inside the water drop was a complete surprise though :)
posted January 10th, 2013  
Gorgeous shot, lovely colours
posted January 10th, 2013  
Awesome shot! FAV
posted January 11th, 2013  
This is gorgeous
posted January 11th, 2013  
Brilliant! Thanks for the link to the set-up shot too. So much simpler than I would have guessed. Thanks for demystifying it. Fav
posted January 11th, 2013  
Awesome shot!! :-) Well done
posted January 11th, 2013  
This is incredible. Thanks for the tell all. :-)
posted January 11th, 2013  
OMG this is great! Who would have thunk it? I love it and will FAV it!
posted January 11th, 2013  
agh thanks @grizzlysghost ... btw are u single... lol ops, did i just type that out loud!. ;-)
posted January 12th, 2013  
Very very cool.
posted January 12th, 2013  
Wow, this is really impressing! I really love all those colors and thanks for explaining and showing the set up :) Fav!
posted January 12th, 2013  
Aaron - blew my socks off on large - a definite fav. Many thanks for the follow - as a novice newbie it means a lot!
posted January 12th, 2013  
This is so great! Fav! I missed it somehow... I love the inclusion of the set up photo. The few pics I have done that had a set up, I took a pic so I'd remember what I did. Anyway...you are so creative and loved that end result!
posted January 13th, 2013  
@espyetta Thanks so much MaryBeth! :)
posted January 13th, 2013  
Wow I missed this one Aaron - Awesome!!! I'm embarrased already Fav'ing every one of your shots. (you're gonna think I have a crush on you or something ;)
posted January 14th, 2013  
@michaelelliott Haha, I know the feeling! :)
posted January 14th, 2013  
Spectacular! It looks like a rare jewel. Fav.
posted January 17th, 2013  
Amazing....I am in awe of your creativity! I may try this later in my project after a great deal more experience. FAV
posted January 24th, 2013  
@espyetta Thanks for the mention on Arefin's photo! :)
posted July 4th, 2013  
I had to scroll down FOREVER to leave a comment. Am I too late to add my compliments for a truly fascinating capture? Bravo.
posted October 4th, 2013  
@jannyography Haha, thanks Janny!
posted October 4th, 2013  
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