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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. :)