52Frames – 2022-08 – Rule of Thirds

Drop of water falling into a larger pool of blue water

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Rule of Thirds”. I admit this is not my favorite kind of theme, because it’s not restrictive enough, and it’s not really making my brain thrive with creativity. That said, the extra challenge (which I claimed) was for “1/2000s or faster” – for which flash-less drop photography works reasonably well. I setup three bright LED panels on top of a plate containing water colored in blue, I grabbed a remote and a small drip pipette, and started shooting. I had a few issues at the beginning getting the focus right – but I eventually prevailed by focusing manually on the place where the drop would fall, instead of “the line where I think it would and focusing on the border of the plate” (that didn’t work at all). That, in term, allowed me to open my aperture more, and to finally get enough light without having a super-grainy picture, in order to be actually able to claim the extra challenge.

I’ll have to try that sort of things with flashlights eventually 😉

2 thoughts on “52Frames – 2022-08 – Rule of Thirds

  1. I find it funny that I had a very similar thought process: the theme is just “take a photo as usual” for me, and it left me drowning in possibilities. The extra challenge left my mind blank because I couldn’t fit it the “telling a story” somewhere on the 52frame page, but if I had more time I would have settled for a water drop (though I didn’t think of colored water, I was going with color from the container or black-and-white), thinking it would be bland and unoriginal and not really telling a story (to be fair, I feel my Eiffel Tower shot is also bland and unoriginal and storiless). I’m really surprised to find so little water dropping in the album.

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    1. Thing is – water droppings has traditionally been either a theme on itself or an extra credit on another challenge – people might wait for that one to pop 🙂

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