Water Crown

It's been a while since I have done one of these shots.. I remember when I first tried to capture this natural beauty, and I took 100's of shots.. That was in the earlier days of my project, which seems so long ago now.

This one took me roughly 20 shots to achieve.. I am a little rusty ;o)

Set up: the tap is dripping onto a upside down plate. The water depth is minimal, literally a skim on surface. The colouring is water & a couple of drops of food dye. The water crown is roughly 4mm wide max, so it is very small. The shot is slightly cropped to remove the edges of the plate, but no further processsing.
Settings: should be in the exif information. The key to achieving this shot is: I placed a normal writing pen on the plate exactly where the drips hit. With my camera on a tripod, macro lens, I used manual focus, and focused on the pen. I removed the pen and literally fired away. In order to achieve perfect focus, you can only do this by focusing manually as if you don't, auto focus tries to focus on the plate etc and not on the splash. The biggest tip i can give anyone wanting to try this is use a pen or spoon in the target area to get your focus perfect on the dripping water / splash area.. If you do not do this one thing, the chances are you will not achieve a good water crown.. Simples :o)

It's late here.. I need my bed.. I will catch up on your today's shots tomorrow..

3 more days until end of Year 2.

Love how it looks like their is a jewel on the front!
posted January 7th, 2013  
This is fantastic Michelle and thank you so much for your tutorial. I may just have to try this. I got a crown by chance when it was raining one day but have never intentionally tried it. Great job!!
posted January 7th, 2013  
...and you could put a coloured plate underneath? I love those specks of red in the drops, though! You have done so well!
posted January 7th, 2013  
@maggiemae Maggie, you could do it so many different ways.. But I do feel that using a 'block' colour is not as visual.
posted January 7th, 2013  
@tara11 @lolanae Thank you ladies xx
posted January 7th, 2013  
This is fantastic even for you! There is so much detail in there. Fav xx
posted January 7th, 2013  
I'd missed your water crowns, Shells... Just as good as ever!!! :-)
posted January 7th, 2013  
Fav! Puts my one of a few days ago to shame! Your tutorial sounds very logical and simpler than how I did mine, may have to try again if you don't mind!
posted January 7th, 2013  
Great shot Michelle, really must give these a try again soon.
posted January 7th, 2013  
FAV
I love these shots. You do it so very well.
I'm afraid to try. Did you have another light source?
posted January 7th, 2013  
This is tops!
posted January 7th, 2013  
what a beautiful water crown! love it!
posted January 8th, 2013  
beautiful ...fav!
posted January 8th, 2013  
TG
Spectacular! I'm going to have to try this one day!
posted January 8th, 2013  
still brillient
posted January 8th, 2013  
Fabulous! I tried this only once and it was a terrible flop! Maybe with your instructions I could achieve a decent shot!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Fantastic Michelle!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Perfect crown! I'm still trying to master this one..thanks for the tips!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Gorgeous!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Amazing capture! Lovely crown
posted January 8th, 2013  
Great shot
posted January 8th, 2013  
Just awesome Michelle!
posted January 8th, 2013  
you certainly haven't lost you touch with water Michelle...i haven't forgotten how much you helped me with water drops! You have so much detail here and i love the colours, faved:)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Great splash!
posted January 8th, 2013  
brilliant Michelle, you are so good at these..x
posted January 8th, 2013  
Well done and thanks for the tips! I've been wanting to try this so its definitely on my list for the weekend.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Amazing! Not lost your touch!
posted January 8th, 2013  
That's beautiful!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Awesome shot. Want to achieve one of these some day : )
posted January 8th, 2013  
Oh...the CROWN QUEEN RETURNS!!!!!! Excellent shot.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Love this!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Beautiful colors captured too!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fantastic shot! Thank you for the explanation.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Lovely indeed!
posted January 9th, 2013  
I love water crowns! This one is beautiful! Fav!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Awesome!
posted January 9th, 2013  
So cool!
posted January 10th, 2013  
dang! that's spectacular
posted January 10th, 2013  
Great Pic!! Thank you so much for the tips...have to try this. Let see if I can do this in less than 100 shots..Lol!!!
posted January 10th, 2013  
great shot
posted January 10th, 2013  
Nice shot and good tips.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Excellent focus. I definitely need to try this again as I obviously had my water too deep when I tried.
posted January 10th, 2013  
There you go Crown Queen. It feels like the 'old' days. LoL :)
posted January 10th, 2013  
Now I think it was 2 years ago when I last tried a 365 (got to 180ish befor work got in the way) and it was your water pictures that inspired me to try them then, how funny I have just started again to see another fantastic crown and find out it was you. Glad you are still here! B x Follow....
posted January 29th, 2013  
@billabonga Bill thank you so much for such a lovely comment :)
posted January 29th, 2013  
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