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Photographing Waterdrops by Harold Davis

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Making Waterdrop Photos

Planning

Thomas Edison described genius as “one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” The same general ratio applies to waterdrop photography, because it is a great deal of work.

While waterdrop photography may appear deceptively simple, in fact it is highly technical because it involves high-magnification macro photography of a very reflective subject that is constantly in motion. What adds to the difficulties is that waterdrop photography often occurs when the environment is not straight-forward, and is indeed downright hostile to photographic gear because the ground is wet and muddy and it has just stopped raining (or may even still be raining).

All of this implies a certain kind of precision planning, ...

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