2019 WEEK 6: Refraction in Water Drops

This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, so I thought I would bring you along to join in the fun. Please note, this challenge is about “refraction” first and foremost which means we want to capture an image inside the drop.

Colored Pencil - Eric Minbiole
Colored Pencil by Eric Minbiole

There are a couple of ways to accomplish this challenge. The first way (shown in the photo above) is to capture drop(s) of water hanging from something with a subject in the background that appears in the drop. There are many tutorials online that explain how to do this. A few that I found particularly helpful are:

The downside to the first technique is that it might require equipment that you don’t have – most importantly a macro or close-up lens. If that’s the case, the other way to accomplish this challenge is to put water drops on a sheet of glass and shoot through the glass to something beneath it as in the image below:

Radical by Brian Legate

Again, there are numerous tutorials that explain how to accomplish this:

To recap this week’s challenge:

  • Take a new photo of Refraction in Water Drops for this week’s challenge.
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday, Feb 3 and Saturday, Feb 9.
  • Please remember to comment on at least five photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa