Water Drop Falling
Third in a series of close-up photos of water drops falling into a pool of water. Magnification is in the 3X - 5X range. Here are links to the previous two galleries:Gallery.
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I use a dropper attached to a small hose to create the water drops. Increasing the flow creates a column of water. The water column seen here is only one drop wide, so the air bubbles suspended in the column are quite small.
Bubbles on the surface of the water tank can be seen reflected in the falling droplet.
While the drops may appear to hover in mid air, gravity pulls them through the photographic frame in the blink of an eye.
Standing waves in the water column change depending on the flow rate.
Surface tension keeps the multiple drops apart, even when the collide.
Black Onyx Drop
This drop hasn't fallen far enough for surface tension to pull the droplet into a sphere. The shape and color of the droplet reminds me of a polished black onyx stone.
A multi faceted crystal placed behind the drops refracts the light, and illuminates the drop from behind.
The tiny column of water creates waves in the small tank. The kink at the base of the water column varies in shape but is almost always present.