Glass, RainX, Flower, Water, and Shoot

Posted: October 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


This is a trick that I’ve seen done before, but finally got around to giving it a try myself.
Get a piece of glass and apply some rainX . RainX is found in the automotive section and it is used on your car windshield to cause the rain to bead up and easily run off. The rainX will help the water to bead up on your glass.
I don’t like to take a lot of time making elaborate set-ups so I just find what every is lying around the house that will work, so nothing sophisticated. In the garage I found a cart from my art show days just waiting to be used for this project.

I placed the glass on top of the cart, and used a spray bottle filled with water to create the bubbles.
Underneath, I placed a green print that I made, but you can use any material that has a nice solid color.
I needed my Gerbera flower to be somewhat close to the glass, so propped it up with a coke can that was in the garage. The flower was large enough to hide the coke can underneath.
Positioned the camera overhead and tried to get the front of the lens as parallel as I could to the glass. Moved the camera in close enough to fill the frame with the Gerbera flower.

I experimented shooting at different f/stops for depth of field, and wanted to show a little details in flower below.
I placed my focus on the flowers within the waterdrops and the f/22 seemed to give me the amount of focus I needed to get the waterdrops in focus and reach down and give the image a little focus on the flower.
I just used the natural light that was in the garage.
That’s it, and then go into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 and Viveza 2 and do some processing.

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  1. Marty says:

    Thanks, Mike – finally a use for the Rain-X that’s been on the shelf in my garage for the past 10+ years – I tried it on my windshield once, and it made quite a mess, so there it sits. Thanks!!!

  2. Jerry says:

    Hi Mike great shot what lens did you use?

  3. Rick Berger says:

    Hi Mike, I tried this and am not getting the same effect. I’m getting bubbles but no small reflections of the flower in each bubble. Could it be because I used the rub-on RainX and you used the spray? Also, when are you coming back to do a workshop or class here in New Jersey? Thanks, Rick Berger


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