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Chris See Casas dis­cusses her fas­ci­nat­ing wa­ter droplets im­age

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: Chris See Casas WEB­SITE: chris­seecasas.car­bon­made.com,be­hance.net/chris­seecasas LO­CA­TION: Que­zon City, Philip­pines TYPE OF COM­MIS­SION: Per­sonal work SHOT DE­TAILS: Canon eoS 500d, 100mm f2.8 USM Macro lens, 15sec, f9, iSo 200

ABOUT THE SHOT: Of­ten in pho­tog­ra­phy less is more, and in the case of ab­stract im­ages, such as this stun­ning close-up from Chris See Casas, a sim­pli­fied com­po­si­tion can cre­ate drama. “I am re­search­ing wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy for my the­sis and stum­bled upon an ar­ti­cle teach­ing how to do cre­ative macro pho­tog­ra­phy,” ex­plains Chris. “I had this urge to try it im­me­di­ately, and all sorts of cre­ative juices flowed from there on.”

De­scrib­ing her thought process, Philip­pines-based Chris says: “I wanted a photo that would cre­ate greater aware­ness re­gard­ing the im­por­tance of ev­ery wa­ter drop in an in­ter­est­ing way – most of the pho­tos I see of wa­ter drops are too for­mal. This is the main rea­son I chose to shoot it in macro. I dis­cov­ered the use of long ex­po­sure cre­atively in the process.”

In high mag­ni­fi­ca­tion im­ages, care­ful light­ing and ex­po­sure is of crit­i­cal im­por­tance, since any im­bal­ances are im­me­di­ately no­tice­able in the tightly com­posed frame. Chris en­coun­tered sev­eral chal­lenges shoot­ing this im­age: “The first was find­ing the proper equip­ment to pro­duce crisp light streaks. I ex­per­i­mented with many kinds of re­flec­tive sur­faces and light­ing equip­ment – flash­light, mini pin light and pen light. I used the pen light in the end – it works in won­der­ful ways! Se­condly, iden­ti­fy­ing the proper way to point the light at the sub­ject. I did many tri­als be­fore land­ing a good shot like this. Thirdly, time; a lot of it was spent ex­per­i­ment­ing to get a shot this in­ter­est­ing. Long ex­po­sure and macro pho­tog­ra­phy com­bined re­quires lots of pa­tience.”

The end re­sult was a shot Chris feels is unique and im­pos­si­ble to ex­actly recre­ate. In her own words: “I can­not repli­cate this one. Ever.”

Right FES­TI­VALhav­ing shot in JPeG, Chris con­ducted min­i­mal pro­cess­ing. “i didn’t need to change the colours. i only re­moved the dirt on the sur­face and some dis­tract­ingbub­bles in some wa­ter drops”

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