A Lemon, A Glass, And Some Sparkling Water

August 6th, 2012 by Mike Moats

This macro shot is a trick that I’ve seen before but forgot about it until one of my photo friends mentioned it.  I thought I would give it a try and see what happens.

I went to my local store and bought a lemon, a glass, and some sparkling water.

I sliced the lemon to about a quarter inch think, wedged it down into the cone-shaped glass and then poured in some sparkling water.  The sparkling water makes tons of bubbles and they stick to the lemon.  You will have too many bubbles when you first pour the water in, but they will start to disappear if you wait awhile.  The front of the glass will also accumulate some bubbles, so I just took a knife and scraped them off the glass.

Next I set up my tripod and camera using my 90mm Tamron macro lens, placed one of my printed backgrounds behind, and set the f/stop at f/22 and pressed the shutter.

I shot different versions and sections of the lemon, but this one was my fave.  The unique look of the water drops comes is enhanced with processing using the Detail Extractor filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4.

You can try other fruits as well. I tried a strawberry but wasn’t happy with the results, but I’ll try again another day!

You can visit Mike’s blog and learn about his workshops here: Tiny Landscapes

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