Bloom? Yes.

1) To me, this looks like a divot in a piece of bulletproof glass, or that glass with the wire all through, and ‘bloom’ is a (informal) synonym for blemish, which is a synonym of divot and pock, which this also sorta looks like to me.

2) This also has some semblance of a flower, sort of, though this a much more tenuous relationship than it has to divots, pocks, and blemishes.

3) One of these days, I’ll bloomin’ capture a bloomin’ drop properly.

But not today…

I got one that was perfect: the drop suspended in midair, the perfectly circular ripple, the backwash rising up from the center… Unfortunately, it was completely out of focus.

I got a couple that were closer, but none looked as good as this one, and none had the groovy shadow/reflection thing going on like this one.

I will keep trying until I get the obligatory droplet shot, and I will try to get some decent splash shots one of these days, but not today.

Good thing: I think I got the lighting pretty close to right, and I was really excited, thinking that I’d learned something new today… Alas, I had the lighting right from the beginning, thanks to Alex Koloskov, who I’m not going to plus mention, because I’m sure he’s seen (and discarded) hundreds of shots like this.

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron), in Macro mode. ISO100, 1/250th, f/3.5. SB-700, zoomed to 70mm, at 1/64th power, fired laterally behind the pie pan (speaking of pie pans… I need to get a proper splashing dish.) (And an eye dropper.), and triggered via two Cactus v5 triggers. Cropped down by about half, and treated to about 3 minutes of slider play in Aperture.

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