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Hi-Key Water Drop

Hi-Key Water Drop
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Copyright: Ramdan Nain (Ramdan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 688 W: 31 N: 1408] (5765)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Decisive Moment, Experimental
Camera: Pentax K10D, smc Pentax-DA 4-5.6 50-200mm ED
Exposure: f/18.0, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 2:44
Viewed: 2463
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes, another slow shutter speed and an off-camera flash to capture the frozen water-drops. And, no! No heavy-PP was done here.

If you’d seen my previous post, I did mentioned about “What will happen if I trigger the flash from this angle, at this range?”. So, this is the result I got as an answer to one of my curiosities. I was using a different backdrop/reflector in this shot. It was a plastic sheet wrapped with a gold foil; the one that was used in cake packaging – I found it, also, in kitchen cabinet :). Very useful as a good (I may say, great) reflector. A bare (without diffuser) off-camera flash triggered at camera top right, about 5cm towards and close to the reflector – the reflector was about one and a half feet from the subject, angled slightly upwards to avoid the bounced light reflection from burning out the dripping-point base, a CD. The lighting technique produced a result that looks like a hi-key shot (is it correct to term this as a hi-key?).

This final image was a crop from the original shot in Workshop. Final image had given a tad tweaking on levels and saturation. A minor cloning was done to erase some of unnecessary water-drops. Sharpness was enhanced after the final cropping and resizing.

Give it a try. You may like the fun with the play of something away from our routine landscape, portrait, nature or whatever discipline we love at. A cup of coffee and rhythmic tunes might help to inspire...

P/S: I guess I made a bad note/explanation in my previous post. I'll try to simplify the main points and attach it to my next post tomorrow. TQ

avallaunius, shelbeesmom, boomcat, amai26, mortcdz, lilimih33, bucanas, kross1, Rabani has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To lilimih33: Another techniqueRamdan 1 11-16 18:41
To shelbeesmom: DARK...Ramdan 2 11-09 21:09
To wishnugaruda: ThanksRamdan 1 11-09 03:13
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HI Ramdan,
perhaps you know I love waterdrops - and yours are perfect. Excellent sharpness and the colours are amazing, thanks, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

kalau beginilah hari-hari bereksperimen, penat juga org gaji mengemas props di dapur. suasana jadi macam tongkang pecah yang berselerak. nanti mau masak kepayahan mencari kuali entah ke mana, sudip entah ke mana. anak mau tingu CD pun basah kena pakai jadi prop. lantai sure habis basah mesti mau mop punya....LOL

imej yang luar biasa bagusnya...cuma sayang, dipaparkan di hujung minggu, inda banyak org meningu.

another superb image from your experiment, Ndan, so uniquely composed and you are nearly reaching that master status for this 'genre'.


Another GRAND photo Ramdan! I wish I could SEE you do this, because I am not understanding what the difference is between using a flash and making the room dark and flashing in a pic, isn't it alot of work for the same thing? Or I'm missing something! But the result is stunning! The tones are smooth, incredibly nice!

nanti sa tengok tu note kau.. sa tick ja.. byk kerja jadi buat komen pun pendek2.. mcm susah ja sa nampak.. hehehe.. lagi2 cantik waterdrops ko ne adhan.. makin menjadi-jadi.. well done.. teruskan ngan mainan air kau.. :)


Very beautiful shot. Wonderful composition and nice lights. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • rigz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 82] (1091)
  • [2008-11-10 4:28]

Assalamuallaikum Ramdan,

Satu experimen yang menakjubkan. Wau...bagi saya yang cetek ilmu dalam photography...melihat shot ini sesuatu yang perfect. Sangat setuju dengan last sentence daripada Agoes.


Geoffrey Bin Ramji

hey ramdan

after a long day I am visiting treklence
and in ur gal I found this amazing beauty

gr8 shot my dear friend



Andihoooooooooooiiii, sandi sia menengok ini gambar. Kualiti kesabaran dan kreatif tampak jelas dan jitu.




An impressive experiment and a different take on the classic water droplet shot. Colours are great and I love the contrast between the water drops and the stark white bg.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Ramdan

Well my friend we see quite a lot of water droplets posted on here but this one really does stand out.A very original POV with excellent DOF and good sharp details. I love the colours here too. Well done this is excellent.

TFS regards Helen

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-12 17:45]

Hello Ramdan, you're very good at it my friend! Well done, thanks! Lovely result!


Hello Ramdan!
Look incredible this one! But exposure is 2 seconds????? Is not too much for this result?
Great colours, detail and clarity!
Best regards!

Hi Ramdan,
Well done,beautiful and good shot,congratulation.
Best regards,

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-11-17 18:42]

Hi Ramdan,
Great shot!! I love the detailed note explaining the work to get this colorful image. The unique colors, sharpness and your creative thinking provided us with a great picture. Nice work.

Well done Ram. I see you and Agus are getting more creative with the kitchen utensils and foods. Don't you both know, it's not good to play with your foods :) Now imagine if both of you were inside "Hell's Kitchen". Chef Ramsay would be in fit!

Looking forward to see your works on the water balloon burst thing :) And...be prepare to eat out :)
Or sleeping on the couch :)


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