This photo came about late one night when nobody else was awake. I decided to experiment with some water photos that I’d been considering for quite some time. Of course, I had recently purchased Canon’s MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite and 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens, so I was itching to play with those anyways. I wanted to get really close to the water droplets in order to have a very shallow depth of field.
The pattern seen in the water droplets and the colors in the background (which is very out of focus) are the result of a red plaid apron which I draped over the opposing sink basin. This photo was a little bit tricky because I was hand-holding the camera and rather than shooting the flash from the lens mount I decided to hold it to camera left firing perpendicular to the direction the lens was pointing. To make the lighting a little more dynamic I also adjusted the flash ratio (the MR-14EX has two flashes which you can adjust the flash ratios for) – though I don’t recall the exact ratio it was 1:2 or less.
All edits were done in Adobe RAW. In Adobe RAW I left the white balance set to “as shot”, set exposure to +1.50, shadows to 25, brightness to +50, contrast to +100, and saturation to +10. I cropped to remove some extra space on the bottom and sides but left it centered as I had originally framed it.