Photographic Challenge

How hard could it be to get pictures of water dropping from an icicle? It turned out to be much more difficult than I expected.

The icicle hung near the picture window by my computer.

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Many drops would fall from the melting icicle at a time and other times single ones. Some of the falling ones became orbs in the focused image. I’d take the picture’s and the drops had all fallen below the camera’s image. I took picture after picture. Still no luck. I even focused the camera, closed my eyes and took the picture.

Then I thought maybe things would go better if I named the icicle. That there might be more cooperation if I did.

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So, meet Elvira.

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The name immediately popped in my mind. Don’t ask me why.

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I then used the focus camera-close eyes- take picture method.

It was more fun and it worked.

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Imagine my surprise when I captured 3 drops in one picture!


10 responses to this post.

  1. I recognise the challenge. You did a great job here! Love the pictures.


  2. Posted by Therese on December 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I’m sitting down. Love it.


  3. I had to laugh because I go through the same tings with butterflies. Usually when I snap the shutter they close their wings and it often takes many shots to get one with wings open. Nice job with the water droplets. I haven’t tried that one yet.


    • Elvira dropped of this morning. I was bound and determined to get pictures of the dripping icicles. At least it kept me busy while cooped up. It’s still to icy for me to venture forth.


  4. Now thats patience, great series of shots..:-)


  5. If your camera has a high-speed mode, you can press and hold the shutter button and the camera will take several pictures a second. The hope is that at least one of those pictures will capture what you want. I’ve occasionally used that technique with things that are moving fast, like water at the bottom of a waterfall.


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