365.263 if it was any closer, it would’t be

Following the most recent addition to my drip play (a straw from one of the fast food places around), which brought some size uniformity, today I moved the camera off of the stable Manfrotto tripod and on to the wobbly plastic tripod I bought on the cheap in 2003 (and cursed at every time I used it to support a camera) and used the fancy swing-out center post to help stabilize my dripping.

I also used a bowl—a red bowl I used for a candy dish at work until I stopped eating candy, and that just languishes in the cabinet most of the time now—to get a deeper pool, even though everything I’ve read about this says shallower water works better.

The new setup worked fairly well, I must say, but I still didn’t get that shot, and the splash-back was quite often well out of frame.

But I got this groovy one instead, so I’m fine with that.

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron). ISO400, 1/250th, f/11. SB-700, zoomed to 50mm, at 1/32nd fired behind and slightly towards the pool. Some straightening (the elcheapo tripod is never square, no matter how hard I try) and about a 50% crop in aperture, plus maybe 2 minutes of slider play to sharpen things up and bring out that nice 6-pointed sunstar.

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