-Rafael Novaes Lemke

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 150mm F/2.8
1/125, f/8, ISO 200
Outside on the patio with natural light, citronella candle in the background provides the red. SB-900 camera left fired from SB-900 master unit on D300s.
Cropped in Lightroom, sharpened in Nik Software RAW Output Sharpener.
-Chuck Pepper Jr.

Equipment and techniques:
Spceially for contest I used Canon EOS 550d + Tamron 17-50 and experimented with diffrenet speeds and light (f/5, 1/200, ISO 100). I used flash+window light + additional desk lamp and camera was on tripod.
-Robert Vurušič

Camera: Nikon D80
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f/14
I had a construction light and a black cloth in the back. I pointed the light into the water so I would get the most amount of light in my shot. My camera was on a tripod a few inches above the bowl.
-Renu Gupta

This was my daughter's idea who is 10 and has a great imagination. I put
water in a party dish - sort of Mexican theme (people I showed this to
thought it was a beach towel). Had camera on a tripod with tele lens with
extension tubes and external flash and per your recommendation, had a
sandwich baggie with a hole poked in the end with a safety pin.
Canon 40D
Canon 70-300 IS lens at 70mm
Manual Setting & Manual focus
Internal and external flash
1/250 sec. @ ISO-100
-Chris Reilly

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: EFS 17-85mm
Shutter: 1/250
Aperture: f/8.0
Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash
Bowl of water under a living-room light, high-speed drive and patience to come up with the final image.
-Stefan Misslinger

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5 - 5.6 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 800
Aperture: f5.6
Focal Length: 55mm
Flash: On
Exposure: Shutter Priority
I used a tripod, a wired remote control and the camera's built-in flash. I used the dropper from an old medicine bottle to create the drops. I took 250+ photos getting about 10 with interesting droplets, this one being the most interesting.
-Chris Thompson

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm IS
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
ISO: 400
F-Stop: f/10
Build in flash
Took this shot in a yellow cup using a bag of water for the drops with some white paper. First time tryin water drop pictures and took about 1000 before I got a few I liked. Croped and brightened it in photoshop.
-Gary Grant

Submission one was taken with a Nikon D5000 and SB-400 flash using a Nikkor 55-200mm @ 160mm. Exposure: f/22, 1/200, ISO-200. Water was suspended over a bowl of pomegranate juice.
-Tony Lanza

I was a little skeptical at first, but after much trial and error (and around 400 shots), I was able to get a few that I was happy with.
My setup was a glass pyrex baking dish surrounded by blue poster paper. I used a Canon Rebel XTi with a Speedlite 580EX II flash. I shot on Manual at 1/160 and f/22. Basically, I started from the second tutorial link that was posted (ephotozine) and experimented from there.
-Ben Wong

Nikon D300s
SB600 Speed Light
AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
ISO 800
Easily the toughest challenge for me so far... took about 200 pictures in Continuous High and got about 7 decent ones to choose from. I dropped coffee into milk through a Zip-Lock bag with a whole in the bottom corner...
-Andon Espeseth

Camera: Nikon D80
Iso: 800
Shutter Speed: 1/14000
Aperture: f/9
Lens: 18-135mm
Setup: White sheet in the background
Lighting: Used a flood light
Water drops on a small stainless steel container flipped over
-Shailendrra Guptaa

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 400
F-Stop: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55mm
This was a shot of water dripping from a zip-lock bag hanging from my tripod over a ceramic bowl. For a background I use a photo I had printed onto some foamcore. I have never tried a water drop shot before, but it was a lot of fun. I look forward to future challenges.
-Drew Elias

Cool blue plate covered in water, shot extremely close with a 28-200mm lens at 200mm.
Camera Model: Sony a200
Lens and focal length: Sigma 28-200mm at 200mm
Aperture: f/10.0
Shutter Speed: 1/160 s.
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Slight contrast boost
-Zach Jones

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f/14
Focal Length: 40mm
This is a picture of water dripping into a stainless steel pan. I set up a colorful picutre behind the pan in order to catch some color in the waters reflection.
-Mindy Moo

Camera: Canon T1i
Kit lens at 50mm
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 1600
Flower: Dahlinova Hypnotica Dahlia
Background: Green Soccer Zone t-shirt
Took this shot at my basement work bench under fluorescent light.
-Thomas Lureman

I always loved water drop photos but never tried to take one, I don't know why. So thanks again for getting me to try new ideas. I took over a thousand shots to get a few that were good enough. I kept trying and trying to get the perfect shot, I couldn't get the shot I was looking for. I was happy with this photograph though. The shot was taken outside in full sun with a wisteria plant for the background. I used a syringe for the drops, works great. Wine seemed like the obvious choice but water for the liquid had better results in the end.
Canon 7D
F-Stop f/6.3
1/640 sec
ISO 400
Focal length 28mm.
-David Lantz

This was taken with a Canon XT1i.
-Julie Roden

"The Sting"
Camera: Canon 7d
Lens: EF-S 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/1000th sec
ISO: 4000
F-Stop: f/11
This is a shot of a drop of wine (not blood) hitting a bowl with a picture
of a bee at the bottom. Reminiscent of a sting. The shot was lit with a
low-end Lowell light kit as opposed to using a flash.
-Ryan von Kunes Newton

I used a plain dish, filled with water and one drop of food colouring. Then dropped a drip of water onto the colouring.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 - Point-and-shoot
ISO 200
shutter speed 1/8 - Fastest it'll go
-William Richardson

Water dropped into a patterned plate. Shot using a Canon Rebel XT with built-in flash and Sigma 70-300mm lens set at 190mm, 1/200sec, f/22, and ISO800.
-Winnie Tsui

Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 DX VR
Exposure: 1/125 sec at f5.6
ISO: 200
Flash: Built-In
Preset: Macro
Focus: Manual
Post-Processing: Adobe Lightroom
To get this shot I used a blue "fiestaware" bowl full of water on my dining room table. I set-up my tripod with my D70 very close to the bowl. I used a straw to pick up the water and as I dropped it into the bowl I used my remote to trigger the shutter.
-Dominic McPhee

Nikon D300
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Apeture: f/1.4
Shutter: 1/8000
ISO: 200
I was initially thinking about a different technique when I found myself at a small fountain with camera in hand. I liked the idea of freezing the drops best I could - water dropping on other drops. I was a bit over zealous with the aperture though, and not all the water is in focus.
-Brian Minsky

Hi, this shot was taken today morning after breakfast with direct sun shining through the blinds in the living room. We call it 'Whiten the Coffee'. We dropped milk into a cup full of coffee. Since my 5 year old son wanted to participate we also used a very bright LED flashlight. My son, holding the flashlight, had to aim exactly on the point were the drops touched the coffee. The setup was improvised and very odd. The living room looked like a construction zone. A ladder, several tables, a tripod and last but not least a ziploc bag hanging from the ladder as the source of the milk drops. But we had fun and here is the result (1 shot out of 345)
I used a Nikon D80 with a AF Nikkor 50 F1.8R
1/1000sec; f2.8; ISO100
-Michael Feldmann

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 1:35-5.6G ED
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Aperture: F22
Two flashes:
Primary: Built-in Flash: 1/64
Secondary Flash: Nikon SB-600: 1/64
Final Setup:
Pyrex Glass Dish on top of a black t-shirt
Green Construction Paper set against box for background
Drip Set Up:
Cardboard Overhang Supported outwards by a ruler with counterweights against drip source. The overhang had a space for a funnel which was wrapped from bottom up with Press-n-seal saran wrap then folding into the funnel top.
Nikon Camera supported by tripod. Next, the Pyrex dish with secondary flash on the left aimed at the background set behind the Pyrex glass.
Not much to say. The final setup was the result of trial an error. Mistakes in design let water drip from other sources leading to wrapping the entire funnel in saran wrap rather than just the hole. The excess water also affected the original bedding for the Pyrex which was black construction paper rather than fabric and the resulting excess moisture allowed the paper to leak it's color. I then chose to use a washed t-shirt to absorb any unexpected moisture to protect the furniture in use. Changed the ISO late in the process creating a more pleasing product though not yet ideal.
-Andrew Thill

This was taken with a Nikon D5000 outside in natural light, with a
plastic bag dripping water into a patterned bowl.
Using a 15-55mm lens at 42mm focal length, a shutter speed of 1/2000,
aperture f/11 and ISO 400 on manual settings, I lucked into a few
shots including this one being my favorite of what I was able to get.
Just getting more into photography and looking forward to more
challenges to improve my novice skills
-Adam Szachacz

General Set-up: Colorful striped background behind a bowl filled with water and a camera on a tripod in front of it.
Lighting: Flash hitting the background behind the drop
Camera Settings:
Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/200
Av( Aperture Value ): 8.0
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length: 100.0mm
-Ivan Grinkevich

Camera: Canon Rebel XSi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
Exposure: 1/800 sec, f/5.6, 300mm, ISO 1600
The water itself is actually clear. The orange color comes from incandescent flood lights and reflections from mixed change in the bottom of the dish.
-Joe Huber

Canon T2i, 18-55mm Kit lens. Manual mode @ F8, 1/200s, Auto ISO exposure. Built-in Flash.
Filled a brown plastic bowl with water and placed it in the kitchen sink. I then placed a blue cardboard sheet behind the bowl, the blue reflection in the drop is from this sheet. Had water drip from the faucet. Camera on tripod, about a foot away from the drip. Turned the flash exposure down 2/3. Turned off the kitchen light and fired away about 200 shots to get 5 good ones. Changed the color temperature in iPhoto to get the golden hue.
-Senthil Kumar

Camera - Canon T2i
Lens - EF-S 18-55mm
ISO - 1600
Shutter - 1/200
Aperture - 5.6
Focal Length - 40.0mm
Flash - Built-in, using first shutter
This one was fun. Took a glass cake pan half full of water, set it on top of one of my rattle can board paintings, and let the water come flying down. A few hundred shots later, this one emerged my favorite. A little white balance and color correction in the RAW editor, and what you see here is the result.
-Jacob Strouckel

Camera: Canon Eos Digital Rebel XT
-Robbie Rabie

Pyrex bowl filled with water set on top of a purple plastic container lid on my kitchen counter after dark with minimal external lights on. I used a Nike shoe box as the background coloring (the "swoosh" is visible at the bottom of the droplets) with a white bag slightly over the bowl for a light bounce and a black cloth covering everything around the bowl. An external flash was set up on a stand off to the right of the bowl facing the shoe box fired wirelessly. The tool used to drop the water was a plastic chopstick that I dipped in the water and hand-held above the bowl and allowed the water to drip off it. Timing of the shot was via trial and error, sometimes my reflexes would fire the camera too quickly. I have done water drop shots before, but normally I use a flash gel for coloring, this time I went with a deeper bowl which facilitates higher "Sorry!" piece-like rebounds versus a shallow pan which creates taller "crowns."
1) Nikon D300 w/ wired remote shutter release
2) Tripod
3) Nikon SB-600 flash
4) Nikon 18-200mm Lens
Technical stuff:
Focal Length: 200mm
Shutter: 1/25 sec
Aperture: F/8
Pop-up flash set to 1/50 power
Remote flash set to 1/40 power
-Craig Dobbs

Nikon D50
Nikkor 60mm Macro Lens
ISO: 200
F-stop: f/4
Exposure: 1/500 sec.
On-board flash
Lighting is ambient from sunlight supplemented by red, green and blue colored incandescent bulbs at side angles, plus flash. Hand-aimed dropper from about 12 inches up. Triggered with Nikon ML-L3 remote release.
-James Lyons

ISO 100
ex430 on 1/16 power on remote cord
food coloring in water drops, cookie sheet on the kitchen counter, shoe box lid background
shot with an xti and a 18-55 kit lens. when I saw the challenge, I immediately went to the kitchen to try my hand at doing this one.
first gizmodo challenge that i've submitted
-Jonathan Morris

Nikon D90.
Shutter: 1/4000
F: 5.6
ISO: 2500
The lens was a 18-105mm, set at 105 mm. I don't currently own a high speed flash so I had to use the sun and bump up the iso a bit. To get this I just used a blue cereal bowl from ikea and filled it with some water, then I filled a zip lock bag with water, poked a hole in it and let it drip into the bowl of water; I only wish I had it in focus a little bit better but i was holding the camera and holding the bag.
-Christopher Guerci

Sombrero Muerte
Taken of a miniature clay skull with a temporary water hat.
Nikon D5000, stock lens
Flash only in a dark room
F11, 1/60, ISO 200
-Dee M'lee

The equipment I'm using are:
- Nikon D90
- 105mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor Micro lens (157mm actual)
- Nikon SB-26 speed lights (pair)
- Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger v4
This is the first time I have attempted to capture water drops. It seemed simple enough. After staying up to 4am on Sunday, I was finally able to rest. I have found patience and decent equipment are important ingredients to capturing the ever elusive water droplet. A fast camera and quick flash really helps.
My camera was set with 320 ISO, f/32-40 aperture, 1/200 shutter speed, and 2848x4288 image size.
I setup the scene using a medium sized clear Pyrex dish and filled it with water roughly halfway. The SB-26 flashes were resting on the left and right of the dish, perpendicular to the water drop. Using sticky notes I prevented some of the light from illuminating the water in the dish. At first I was dropping water from an oral syringe, but wasn't very pleased with the results. I started adding some food coloring and it started looking better, however, I was hoping it would stand out more. Finally, I started dropping Milk. First using plain milk, then with various mixtures of food coloring. I'm pleased with the result and hope others will enjoy them as well.
-Ray Hodel

This was taken with a Canon Rebel XT using a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens.
ISO: 100
Exposure Time: 1/200
Focal Length: 60 mm
F Number: 4.5
I took a saucer, filled it with 8 ounces of orange juice so it was around 3/4 of an inch deep, and dropped the orange juice from an eyedropper about a foot and half above the saucer. No colored background was used, nor an external flash unit, just simply the brilliant sunlight that was out that day and the flash on the camera body. It was extremely windy that day, with gusts up to 35 m.p.h., so the drop columns swayed a bit in different directions.
-Kevin Protack

Nikon D3000
ISO 100, Spd 320, F5.6
-Erica Hagan

Canon 5D Mark II
100mm f/2.8 Canon Macro Lens
580EX Flash with a Fong diffuser
Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5
My daughter and I balanced a blue plastic bowl filled with water between two chairs and placed the flash under the bowl pointing up. Then we dripped drops of Grenadine into the bowl and tried to time the shutter to coincide with the drop impact time.
Sorry - we missed the deadline by a few minutes. We were having too much fun trying to come up with cool shots and lost track of time. :)
-Jesse Zibble

I must have tried to get the perfect shot at least 100 times. It wasn't until I set the camera on high speed and held the shutter down that I could get the shot I wanted. I used a Canon 40D, EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, set at f/14, 1250 sec., ISO 800, 130mm.
-Ryan Kane

Camera: Canon Rebel XSi
Lens: 18-55mm @55mm
ISO 400
1/5 second
I really enjoyed this shooting challenge. It was the first one I got to participate in, and had absolutly no idea how to approach it. After about 500 shots, I finally got this one. A few others came before it, but this was the closest and clearest. I also experimented with different solutions and trays, bout found plain tap water with a few drops of food coloring really made me the happiest.
-Matt Brown

The weekly shooting challenge is what inspired me to get my first DSLR. This is my first submission. For this shot I used a Pentax K-x with a 18-55mm and tripod.
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 400
F-Stop: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/180
Built-in Flash
To get the shot I used a clear tupperware bowl with the water filled to the brim. I hung a water bottle above it and poked a hole in it for the drip. I then put blue food coloring in the bowl, and red food coloring in the water bottle with a purple gift bag as the background, and shot away. The only editing was a small crop.
-Aaron Solomon

Nikon D90 in commander mode with SB 600 flash to camera left. Both handheld. Nikon 18-105mm lens, f/6.3, 1/4000 (yes it syncs that high!) sec. This shot is of water dropping in a water pool made in my bathroom sink. Took me around 50 frames to get this one. I made it B&W in Lightroom 2.
-Sourabh Banerjee

This image taken by dropping food coloring into a shallow plate of milk. This is actually the second drop of coloring into the milk which explains the slight spreading of the coloring already. The original color is nice but I like the heavy contrast of the white milk with the dark color. I decided to try flooding the area with light and have the camera on rapid fire. With some luck it works well.
ISO 1600

Green Drop
Nikon D80
100mm Macro
Manual Setting
F/8 at 10/2000 ISO 400
Used my SB-600 Flash hand held to the side
Shot on my kitchen table. Wrapped a cookie sheet in a black can liner for the pool of water. Use a chair on the table cover in another can liner for the back ground. I attached a Ziploc bag with a small hole for my drip bag. This shot after a few other creative ideas were mixed together. This shot is water, mixed with milk and blue and yellow food coloring.
-Ben Lawson

Canon t2i, 70-200 lens with a small macro adapter. Handheld droplets, which i realized too late that to do this right everything has to be on a tripod and not touched by hand. Still, great fun!
Also, no amount of light could be too much light for this challenge!
-Michael Koperwas

This is a drop of cream dropped into a cup of coffee. I love how you can see the cream and coffee mixing together.
Pentax K-x
1/125 sec
ISO 200
Sigma 28-80mm macro lens
Sunpak DX 8R ring flash (notice the doughnut reflections)
-Devin Lee

Black casserole bowl filled with water. A yellow placemat hung up behind the bowl. Shot with a Canon Rebel XS using a kit lens (28-105, f3.5-4.5). With the camera a few inches above the bowl & as close as possible (minimum focus range is like 18 inches i think), I zoomed in as much as possible, and opened the aperture as large as possible. Turned on the flash & set it to fastest shutter speed that I could (which is only listed as 200 with the flash on, but I'm guessing the flash duration's shorter than that, and there was almost no other lighting on in the room...). Kept ISO at 400 to avoid too much noise. Set the timer to 2 seconds and used a water dropper... Repeat...
-Eric Kornblum

Canon PowerShot S51S
Macro Very close-up
Natural light
Faucet running in a green fiesta bowl in kitchen sink
-Anne P. Masterson

Nikon D90
RAW format
50mm f1.8 lense

1600 shutter
ISO 3200
When creating my setup, I realized I didn't want to shoot for
saturated bright color and a pristine studio look. So I used an
antique tarnished silver platter, water and sunlight to give the look
and feel of real water - how you'd see water if you were walking in
early morning.
-Nick Sprankle

Shot with Canon 7d, and wireless off-camera speedlite. 24-70 mm, near the 24 end. Black cloth backdrop. Had some trouble getting nice big, steady drops out of the bag. Martini glass. No actual gin was harmed in the making of this shot. Drops are water.
-Darren Kramer

I've taken this picture with nikon d5000, Iso 800, 1/1250 f5.6, Nikkor 18-55 on Cam link tripod (i did not use flash).
I also used Harmony one universal remote for shutter release.
for the picture i used an old table lamp with bowl of water and some colourful folder deviders.
Instead of bag with water I used a coctail straw and a glass of water.
-Mariusz Staszkiewicz