Rainbow Tiara by grizzlysghost

Rainbow Tiara

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Full detail on how this shot was taken can be found in the comments below!

PP 12 September 2012
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ppwatersplashes12sep12.png
WOW!.......This is incredible Aaron! Fav : )
September 12th, 2012  
@annbo Thanks so much Ann!
September 12th, 2012  
Thank you @rockinrobyn for inspiration!
September 12th, 2012  
Gorgeous glitz...faved
September 12th, 2012  
You can see you clearly in the top portion. Amazing!
September 12th, 2012  
Brilliant crown and great background bokeh. So pretty. Fav xx
September 12th, 2012  
Love the bokeh.
September 12th, 2012  
Thats one cool photo and a fav from me. Cant wait to see it on the pp.
September 12th, 2012  
@swilde Thanks so much Sue!
@cheribug Thanks Cheryl!
@psychographer Thank you so much Lisa!
@magentarose Thanks Megan!
@tesssa Haha, thank you so much Tessa! :)
September 12th, 2012  
great shot! and timing :-)
September 12th, 2012  
@markyl Thanks Mark!
September 12th, 2012  
Wow FAV for me Aaron, what did you use for the background?
September 12th, 2012  
@simon0128 Thanks so much Simon! You can see the background here (I don't want to give it away just yet): http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2012-09-12
September 12th, 2012  
Ok nice one, I love that shot too! Can you tag me in for what it is when you get round to telling us : ) : )
September 12th, 2012  
Soooo great! Fav!! Super shot and I love your set up. :)
September 12th, 2012  
@simon0128 Absolutely Simon! :)
@rockinrobyn Thanks so much Robyn! I had shiny balloon wrapping paper on the plate (under the water, pinned down by a couple of knives), and the background is a mystery until someone guesses it here: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2012-09-12 :)
September 12th, 2012  
This is very, very, very great. I love that bokeh. Fav.
September 12th, 2012  
@traeumerlein Thanks so much Lisa!
September 12th, 2012  
Perfect crown. Love the colours. Beautiful.
September 12th, 2012  
Rob
Wow! So well done!
September 12th, 2012  
Oh far out, Aaron!! I'm not going to look at anymore of your shots... ROFL!! Oh ok, you know that's an empty threat... but DAMN!!
September 12th, 2012  
Very beautiful.
September 12th, 2012  
Perfect crown and so colourful...fav!
September 12th, 2012  
Awesome - faved.
September 12th, 2012  
awesome crown
September 12th, 2012  
So pretty, something different behind the crown.
September 12th, 2012  
Great colours, bokeh and focus FAV!:)
September 12th, 2012  
Wow - amazing crown and reflection!! Another amazing capture!
September 12th, 2012  
Fabulous effect
September 12th, 2012  
WOW! great reflection and crown.
September 12th, 2012  
Ok, now I'm wondering about what lighting/camera settings I should use if I try this again. On your daisy crown you had your kitchen lights on and a super fast shutter speed, but here you have a 2 second exposure, so I'm guessing your kitchen lights were not on? Does the flash help freeze it even with the slow shutter speed to keep the detail? Judging by your photos, both methods work equally well, but is one easier? Thanks for any intel. :)
September 12th, 2012  
Oh, and did you get out your makeup mirror for this shot? ;-)
September 12th, 2012  
@lwain Thanks Lindy!
@jdr4690 Thank you Rob!
@ozziehoffy Haha, you crack me up Cassandra! Thanks! :)
@michellegaynor Thank you Michelle! :)
September 12th, 2012  
@rwhite Thanks so much Rosie!
@equinoxe Thanks Chris! :)
@abhijit Thanks Abhijit!
@newbie Thank you Stacey! :)
September 12th, 2012  
@darrenburch Thanks so much Darren!
@ktchpmn Thanks Katie!
@peterdegraaff Thank you Peter!
@copperheadglass Thanks Meredith!
September 12th, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Haha, my makeup mirror stayed in the vanity for this shot ;-)

In my opinion, the best (and easiest) way to stop motion is with a flash in a darkened room. I usually set the camera up for 2 seconds so the drop has enough time to do it's thing.
- Setup: large flat dish in kitchen sink (about 1 inch deep), with colored wrapping paper pinned to the bottom with butter knives; all of which will be under the water. I pull my faucet out (it is the kind that has the long tube) and suspend it over the dish with string (I know, pretty sophisticated!) I rest a white cutting board on end in the background with whatever design taped to it (in this case, a sheet of small smiley face stickers). Set it to drip pretty slowly because I want the water still between drips.
- Camera: I use a macro lens because I like to get all close up and personal with my drops :) I line up the camera with where the drop is hitting the water and the background is centered. Then I take an object (I usually use a wooden spoon) and hold it in place EXACTLY where the drop hits the water (hold the object as vertical as possible). I use autofocus to focus exactly on the spoon where the water is just brushing against it. Then take your camera OFF autofocus. Close your aperture to about f/5.6 or f/8; wide enough to get the whole drop in focus front to back but still narrow enough so your background is nice and blurry. Put your camera into Manual mode and set ISO to 100 and shutter speed to 2 seconds (and set your desired f-stop as well). Connect your shutter release cord and your camera should be set.
- Room: Start shutting off the lights until a test shot without flash results in a black image. At 2 seconds, there should still be plenty of light to move around, so you won't be in complete darkness. I like to set up a chair behind the camera because it usually takes me several hundred shots to get about 5 or 6 I am happy with.
- Flash: Use a flash that has a test button on it. It can be any flash, because (in the way I usually shoot these things), I just hold the flash in my hand. The flash is not connected to the camera at all, it's just in your hand.
- Technique: Pay attention to the drop-drop pattern for a minute so you can get your timing down. When you are ready, shortly before the drip, trip the shutter, then when the drip actually hits the water (you should hear it), push the test button on your flash. The resulting image will be captured by your sensor and you have your photo. Do this a couple hundred more times and you should see some happy results!
~ The Why: While your shutter speed may be set to 2 seconds, the actual "shutter speed" is your flash speed; which is faster than any shutter in the world. Imagine the speed of light; that is approximately how fast the "shutter" is. Just that split second the flash goes off is all the time needed to capture the image. Which is why this method can produce better results than regular lighting and fast shutter speeds.

The only thing left to do is to play around with your technique and backgrounds, adding different colored fluids either to the plate, or to an eyedropper you use instead of the faucet, etc. The sky's the limit!

Good luck!! :)
September 12th, 2012  
Beautifully done. But :-P to the help with the background. Even enlarged I still can't figure it out. :)
September 12th, 2012  
Never mind I just read your response to Robyn.
September 12th, 2012  
@geocacheking Haha, thanks Mr. T!
September 12th, 2012  
Great detail!
September 12th, 2012  
@howl Thanks Sergio!
September 12th, 2012  
I'm so loving the instructions (and the pic, too, naturally)! I'll give this a go soon. (Once I figure out how to use my flash as a slave flash... Back to the manuals, it is.)
September 12th, 2012  
Wonderful crown!!
September 12th, 2012  
@joa Thanks Johanna! Definitely give it a go!
September 12th, 2012  
@carolmw Thanks Carol!
September 12th, 2012  
Oh, wow. Thank you for spelling all of that out. Phew. I don't have a macro lens and I only have my built-on camera flash, but you've given me guidance that will help with what I do have!!! Your check is in the mail. :)
September 12th, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Haha, I will be holding my breath! And any old electronic flash will do; pick one up at thrift, just make sure it has a test button. Shouldn't be more than just a couple of dollars! And macro was just my preference since it gets me in close without having to crop very much later.
September 12th, 2012  
So pretty!
September 12th, 2012  
@cmuir1963 Thanks Cindy!
September 12th, 2012  
Nia
Wow, photo and explanation! Love it when someone (in this case you) willing shares their knowledge.
September 13th, 2012  
@sianipops Thanks Nia! :)
September 13th, 2012  
Nia
Don't know if there is any recorded data on this, but you have 3 photos on the popular page!! Dang man that is awesome!
September 13th, 2012  
congrats on the pp.
September 13th, 2012  
LOVE!! FAV'D!!!
September 13th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost You have a trifecta on the PP!! This, your other drop and the spoon! Yay you!
September 13th, 2012  
@sianipops Haha, really? Well ain't that something!! :D
@tesssa Wow, thanks Tessa!
September 13th, 2012  
@socalgal Thanks so much Patty!
@ozziehoffy Haha, that's too crazy! Thanks Cassandra! :)
September 13th, 2012  
Huge thanks to everyone for your comments and Faves, we made the PP!! You're AWESOME!!
September 13th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost Crazy but cool... I have had it once... it was like a feeling of winning the lottery, I reckon!
September 13th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy Ohhh, I would SO take the lottery!! But this is a pretty good day too! :)
September 13th, 2012  
Awesome photo and thanks for the info
September 13th, 2012  
@lindaagne365 Thanks Linda, and anytime! :)
September 13th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost hahah yeah, well, if I was given the choice, so would I! It's pretty cool to have your shots recognised though.. that's a nice feeling :)
September 13th, 2012  
September 13th, 2012  
Mastering fav!
September 13th, 2012  
@ulpiphotos Haha, thanks so much Ulpi!
September 13th, 2012  
very spectacular!
September 13th, 2012  
@northy Thank you Northy!
September 13th, 2012  
Wow! Awesome shot! Fav'
September 13th, 2012  
Thanks for the great explanation.
September 13th, 2012  
@svt Thanks so much Sophie!
@webfoot Thanks Paul, and anytime! :)
September 13th, 2012  
Awesome Aaron, and thanks for the info, well done.
September 13th, 2012  
@vorka Thank you Vorka!
September 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous shot! Fav!
September 13th, 2012  
@paintdipper Thanks so much Junan!
September 13th, 2012  
Deb
Awesome shot! Don't think this is possible with my P&S?
September 13th, 2012  
@deburahiru Thanks Deb! It's hard to say, I should grab a P&S and see if I can get results. If I do, I will post a how-to! :)
September 13th, 2012  
amazing crown!
September 13th, 2012  
This is great! Thanks for the explanation!
September 13th, 2012  
fabulous shot, a fav!!
September 13th, 2012  
@vickisfotos Thanks Vicki!
@soozieqt Thank you Susan! :)
@allred Thanks so much Mary Lou!
September 13th, 2012  
Jo
bokeh AND a splash?! You're killing me here Aaron!!! ;)
September 13th, 2012  
@jlhopgood Haha, thanks Jo! :)
September 13th, 2012  
Thanks for the know-how! This is on my to-do list for winter.
Great shot and fav! 3 on PP at once - congrats! I wonder how many of your shots will be in top20 this week...
September 13th, 2012  
@sassik Thanks so much Sassik! I guess it depends on when the cutoff for the T20 is. These photos are pretty new so they haven't had much time to be seen, so if they are in this week's mix, they might not make it, but they will do well if they are in next week's :) Truth be told, I really have no idea; it's up to those damned monkeys! :)
September 13th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost Oh, right, there is this Wednesday thing - the favs seem to be counted then and too bad for the recent uploads. Well, it's either this week or the next - or both! :)
September 13th, 2012  
@sassik Haha, stranger things have happened! I am good with it either way. I like the photo and that's good enough for me! :)
September 13th, 2012  
like how my name is the title, haha..even though that tiara is pronounced differently than how I do
September 13th, 2012  
@tbats22 Haha, yes, I named this photo after you! ;)
September 13th, 2012  
Wow, wonderful splash shot. I also love the bokeh and the colors. Fav!
September 14th, 2012  
@mittens Thanks so much Marilyn!
September 14th, 2012  
Stunning and a FAV!
September 14th, 2012  
@pamfromcalgary Thank you so much Pam!
September 14th, 2012  
This is beautiful Aaron, really lovely colours and everything. Also very clever :)
September 14th, 2012  
beautiful(: absolutely gorgeous defiantly one of my favs(:
September 14th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost Just read through your "how to"... I'm going to have to give that a go... when I did my last one, I used the sun through the window to light it and also an eye dropper. The issue I found with the dropper is that it's HARD to keep it dropping in the EXACT same spot each time... I like your dodgy setup lol.

When you say "in the kitchen sink"... do you mean IN IN? If it's IN.. then you can't shoot across like you did?
September 14th, 2012  
Beautiful! You have too much time on your hands! LOL :-)
September 14th, 2012  
oh - and fav by the way - of course!
September 14th, 2012  
@filsie65 Thanks Phil!
@kaden Thanks so much KatieJade!
@ozziehoffy Haha, specifically: I have an upturned dinner plate in the bottom of the sink, then a large cooking pot, then another dinner plate, then a flat serving dish from Pampered Chef. all of that puts it pretty level with the top of the sink, but still low enough for the water to dribble down into the sink rather than all over the counter. I line my camera up pretty low so I can get a nice low shot, but not so low that I lose all reflection possibilities! So there you have it; ghetto in a nutshell! LOL
@pictureitbig Haha, yes I do! Thanks so much!
September 15th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost Ahhhhh love your setup! Last time I did it with a baking tray, which fits across my sink so I don't need to stack it all up... it can hang just inside if that makes sense.... so essentially the same as what you're doing but without the STACK lol. Love the ghetto :P
September 15th, 2012  
This is amazing Aaron! I love everything about it. when will you produce a uTube vid with instructions:)? fav obviously!
September 15th, 2012  
@frida Haha, I will work with my agent on the video Frida! Thanks! :)
September 15th, 2012  
great shot aaron fav
September 15th, 2012  
@cwebb Thanks so much Cupcake!
September 15th, 2012  
amazing work! really cool!
September 15th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss Thanks Katia!
September 15th, 2012  
I am so impressed! I love water pictures. :D
September 15th, 2012  
@paign Thank you Paign!
September 15th, 2012  
I bow down to the master. I keep thinking I'll try a crown shot, but I think the bar is just too high.... :-)
September 16th, 2012  
@m9f9l Ohh, there is no bar! Give it a go! :)
September 16th, 2012  
Amazing !
September 18th, 2012  
Awesome....and thanks for the instructions! Another thing on my list! (It's getting long!)
September 18th, 2012  
@stephaniedc Thanks Stephanie!
@lynnb Haha, my list is massive! :)
September 18th, 2012  
This is truly AMAZING... saw it previously when I paid a fleeting visit on here when I was just to mega busy to take part and made a mental note when I finally managed to begin catching up again that I must seek this shot out and FAV it.... today is the day!!! lol!!
September 19th, 2012  
@aromatic Haha, thanks so much Jane! :)
September 19th, 2012  
I am somewhat disappointed in this weeks top20. The photos featured there are great, no doubt, but I don't understand what the selection is based on any more. I was really expecting 4 of your photos, although 2 is fantastic too. This week has been crazy good from you! Congratulations!
September 23rd, 2012  
@sassik Thanks so much Sassik! I was expecting more as well, like this one, since it wasn't included in the previous week either. There really IS a day (or two) where uploads are lost to the void. I will probably make a spreadsheet that indicates "dead zones" and avoid posting my best during those times :) My spoon should have been on there as well, but again; dead zone!
September 23rd, 2012  
@grizzlysghost ARGH... I tried and failed miserably! Guess what time it is now lol...
October 15th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy Haha, these shots can be a little aggravating :)
October 15th, 2012  
Very cool indeed
October 15th, 2012  
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