We have a guest blogger today: Richard Graham of Fraser, who submitted this photo to the Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. We asked him how he got that effect, in case other people want to apply the technique. Here’s what he told us:
“Take a pane of clear glass and place it above an 8×10 enlarged photo (which will become the background). I chose the flag as my background subject. The subject can be of people, portraits, pets, flowers, activities, etc. Experiment and let your imagination run wild.
“Drop water droplets onto the glass (use an eye dropper for a more creative and controlled pattern). Because I was outside and it was windy, I had to use a mixture of clear glycerin and water to keep the droplets from spreading out too much. The resultant wind-blown droplet shapes created variety, which I enjoyed much more than perfect symmetry droplets. The option of symmetry has its value too.
“Focus on the droplets and the background photo will become a blur. You will have to experiment in adjusting the distance between the glass and the background photo. I found that about 12 inches worked for me.
“Again, experiment with all kinds of subjects, no limit to your imagination, let your creative juices flow and just have some fun!”