Perseverance…Patience…Creativity. These are the qualities I practice most often with water drop photography. It is very challenging, but rewarding, because I am capturing something that is nearly invisible to our eyes. There is delicate beauty, and elements of surprise, in each tiny, amazing water drop. Ocean water, rain water, drinking water--all have unique nuances. I let the water guide me, and show me it's personality.
About the process:
I use a digital camera, tripod and flashes. The background and the drop are always one photo, not two photos combined. Very minimal work is done in the digital darkroom (such as Photoshop). I spend up to seven hours per shoot, taking at least a few hundred photos. Of these I will set aside a handful of favorites, with one or two, at most, for printing later.
“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs." Sam Abell
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