The shamrocks are part of the photograph, not a photoshop creation. They are out of focus points of light called "bokeh" reflected from tiny droplets in the splash of a water drop. I custom designed the bokeh shape by using a cardboard disk over the lens in which I cut a shamrock-shaped hole smaller than the camera's f/2.8 aperture.
2-drop collisions use a microcontroller & solenoid valve to deliver 2 drops 60 ms apart & a 2nd circuit detects the falling drop, opens the camera shutter, times the delay & triggers flash units at the desired point during the splash. Setup and electronics are shown here:
Photographed in a dark room with high speed flash - about 1/15,000 sec to stop the action; gel filters on the flashes create the color. Photography and electronics are two of my hobbies.
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Happy St Patrick's Day!
(c) 2012 BrianZ
(Ireland, green, Saint Patricks, clover, drops, photo, macro, close up, photography)
Beautiful, fantastic green. It looks like a very difficult process, but well worth the effort.
Perfect for St. Paddy's! =)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars by SaSSyGirL on March 20, 2012