Green Hoodoo - Water Drop Photography

Stage 4: The Hoodoo

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

Water Drop Photography Sequence: 4-5 / 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 tower of water 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 the “HooDoo and Sphere” stages.

The term hoodoo is often used to describe a large balancing rock sitting atop a narrow column of rock, so I thought it was an appropriate title for this part of the water drop sequence when the drop forms and balanced on the pinnacle tip. The “HooDoo” is the fourth stage of the splash sequence that occurs when you release a drop of water into a dish or pan of water. After the pinnacle forms while it stretches up from the vortex, a drop forms at the top. The pinnacle thins out to a point, and for a very brief moment the new drop rests on the top of the point before it separates from the pinnacle. This HooDoo stage is difficult to capture, so I think it is one of my favorite shots.

Then the drop moves up on its own as it separates itself as a separate ” Sphere” which I call stage five. The “Sphere” stage is unique because the newly formed drop seems to pause and hover on its own. Gravity pushes the pinnacle down, and as it falls, the drop lingers a bit longer before making its descent back to the ripples below.  Macro photography is fascinating and affordable! See my previous post for links to Macro Extension Tubes you can add to your DSLR lens and get started!  Here is my  Water Drop Photography Tutorial: http://www.carynesplin.com/7-amazing-tips-for-shooting-water-drops/

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Pinnacle Drop HooDoo - Caryn Esplin - Water Drop Photography

Stage 4: HooDoo: Pinnacle Drop HooDoo – Water Drop Photography – Caryn Esplin

Green Hoodoo Pinnacle and Drop - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Stage 4: HooDoo – Green Hoodoo Pinnacle and Drop – Water Drop Photography – Caryn Esplin

Sphere Hover - Water Drop - Caryn Esplin

Stage 5: Sphere – hovers above pinnacle – Water drop photography – Caryn Esplin

Blue Hovering Drop - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Stage 5 Sphere – Blue Hovering Drop – Water Drop Photography – Caryn Esplin

Electric Sphere - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Stage 5; Sphere – Electric Sphere – Water Drop Photography – Caryn Esplin

Drop Separates from Pinnacle - Water Drop Photography - Caryn Esplin

Stage 5: Sphere – Drop Separates from Pinnacle – Water Drop Photography – Caryn Esplin

Drop Hovers Above Aqua Pinnacle - Water Drop - Caryn Esplin

Stage 5: Sphere – Drop Hovers Above Aqua Pinnacle – Water Drop – 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: <strong>http://www.carynesplin.com/7-amazing-tips-for-shooting-water-drops/</strong>

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