Blue Vortex - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Stage 2: The Vortex

From observing my images taken during a single water drop, I identified seven stages of the sequence. This post is the second in a series of five blog posts describing the process:

Water Drop Photography Sequence:  Stage 2/7

1. The Crown –  The first splash that looks like a crown or bowl, and can have far-reaching tentacles
2. The Vortex  –  The black hole produced by the plunging drop that pushes the water down
3. The Pinnacle – The tall, bumpy tower that springs back up from the vortex as a rebound from the falling drop
4. The HooDoo – The drop that forms and balances on the tip of the pinnacle
5. The Sphere – The drop that separates from the pinnacle and floats in mid air
6. The Coil – The tight rings that form in the center of the ripples, just before the drop falls back down
7. The Bubble – The final drop sinks, then floats up to form one final bubble on the surface

This blog post is all about “entering the vortex.”

The “vortex” is the second stage of the splash sequence that occurs when you release a drop of water into a dish or pan of water. After the initial “crown” (see previous CROWN post) splashes up, the water falls into a vortex or black hole momentarily before a “pinnacle” starts rising out of the vortex center. In this stage it looks as if all the water in the immediate area is being sucked down into a vacuum hose. This reminds me of what it looks like from the top of an epic waterfall where the water from all sides falls into one large circle. We saw this while on a trip to South America. Has anyone visited the Iguacu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil? The “Mouth of the Devil” is an amazing vortex waterfall where you can stand at the top of such an enormous waterfall and at eye-level observe a immense amount of water drop into this huge open mouth as it boils its way a long way down. See my previous post for my  Water Drop Photography Tutorial: http://www.carynesplin.com/7-amazing-tips-for-shooting-water-drops/

Check out the video at the bottom of this post to see a water drop in slow motion. I will be posting more water drop images from the subsequent stages every few days.

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Purple Vortex - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Purple Vortex - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

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Blue Vortex - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Purple Vortex - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Purple Vortex - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Water Drop Photography - Vortex with Baby Pinnacle - Caryn Esplin

Vortex with Baby Pinnacle - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Watch this YouTube video to see the process of a water drop in slow motion.  You can see each stage of the sequence. Stay tuned for more water drop images in the next few posts.

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Also, see my Water Drop Photography Tutorial here: http://www.carynesplin.com/7-amazing-tips-for-shooting-water-drops/