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Juicy by wulfster Juicy by wulfster
My entry for the *macrophoto fruit contest. I took 74 pictures over an hour and a half to get this one. Fortunately, I sprayed water on one of the tungsten bulbs which caused it to explode, otherwise I'd probably still be taking pictures.. ;)

Enjoy!

Update 6/25:
The response to this photo after getting the daily deviation has been overwhelming. Since so many asked, I thought I'd give some details about it.

I saw a similar photograph here on DA a few years ago (a flag instead of oranges), but I couldn't find it again to give that artist credit when I posted this one. Last night, I did some searching on the Internet, and it seems that this technique isn't as unique as one may think. In 1999, Popular Photography ran an article by Darrell Gulin that described the process, and afterwards, several people tried to recreate it with varying degrees of success. If you do some searches, you'll find a handful of other examples out there.

Here's how it was done:
The orange slices were arranged on a black background (my granite counter top is black). I suspended a sheet of lexan over the oranges and sprayed water on top. To get the right effect, you have to focus on the images in the drops rather than on the drops themselves. This is the tricky part that takes lots of trial and error. For the best effect, your lights should be below the glass and pointed directly at the subject.

Some of the articles I found last night suggested using a box with the inside painted black to remove any other distracting reflections (the drops are mini fish-eye lenses). You'd cut out one side of the box for the light and put the glass on top. They also suggested using Rain-X on glass to ensure that the water beads up as expected (that's why I used Lexan). If anyone tries the technique, I'd love to see how it turns out for you.

Thanks for all of the interest!
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Given 2005-06-16
Juicy by *wulfster is an amazing macro shot like nothing I've seen before. ( Suggested by cajunbaby and Featured by amolerouth )
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CocaColapeBat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Hey!
featured you here: [link]
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Nicole7 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
This is what I call proper photography.
Nice one mate. :thumbsup:
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AllawishusKirby Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
I LOVE THIS!
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TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
:eyepopping: WOOooOoOoW!!!
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Wanderer001 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Student Filmographer
That's awesome!!! :heart: Oranges...:heart:
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creativemikey Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Umm, :omfg:
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KatMPhotography Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
You have been featured here: [link]

Thank you for sharing this vibrant image!

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PhotographyRules Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Very cool. I love water drop pictures and this is very good.
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Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I meant "brilliant shot"...
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Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gee!!! WOW!!! :D Brilliant shop! ^_^
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:iconavisblack:
AvisBlack Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Very well done!
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ShadowNeko13 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This picture is just freaking AWESOME. :D I love that you gave the explanation, and even so it doesn't detract from the wonderful weirdness of the picture- it almost looks like little orange clumps are floating around in space. :)
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F-images Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Brilliant capture, I like everything about this image :)
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shinykida Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Featured :D : [link]
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This deviation has been chosen as a feature of the week
on *Word-worth-1000-pics which is a community project
promoting artists on dA.
It has been found browsing from the word of the week : "ORANGE " :boing:

:bulletblue: To know how it works: [link]
:bulletblue: F.A.Q. : [link]
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chiipyo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
awesum o3o
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amyspicer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
This is a great image. We are interested in using a high res copy for an event we are holding with a 'Fruity' theme. The image would need to be large enough to cover a wall maybe 2m x 3m. Would you consider doing something like this?
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sloughmo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Thats really something, nice work! (y)
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studik Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
nice
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chameleon669 Featured By Owner May 13, 2007   Filmographer
Amazing. Seriously. Composition is so smart and the photo is just perfect.
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Rock--Angel Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
whoaw
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enchanted-black-rose Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured; [link]
:hug:
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HallzAddict Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
another orange for me to fave
but till now itz da best ave seen
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chrizzz6 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
this is sooooo nice!
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Lominore Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
wow, that's amazing. :o
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spookyfish Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
wow. seriously, wow.
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Churchill3 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
amazing
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renavaje Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Lovely picture,
the lighting and everything is perfect.
Very original piece.
:+fav:
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ELNoOoN Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Wo0oW
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audreyjm529 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
I was inspired by this photo and gave it a try.

Thanks!

[link]
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puddingninja Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
0.0 that is such an awsome idea! Really cool pic :]
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lucias-tears Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007   Photographer
i featured this here: [link] :heart:
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maladresse Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
amazing...
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NetusVersatus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
This is... Simply amazing.
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johanishere Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Student Photographer
Hey cool idea, I might try taking something similar myself someday =D
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ljsilver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Very good idea and precise realization. I have definitely to try this technique.
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wayfarer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know... It's just an old joke :P

-- Wayfarer
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Moniex Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
+fav. Amazing!
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JinSaotome Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
Wonderful! This is my new wallpaper!
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no1Joel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
Very cool :)
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Popc0rn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
No wonder this won a daily devitation, this is fantastic!
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DeathRunner19 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
my god
i love it
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outflow123 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007   Photographer
One of the best Macros ive ever seen. good job, must of took u hours to get it rite. i love ths picture i may even buy it. and i aint a fan of buying photos but this ones worth it, wat sizes u got. wb
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katherene Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
amazing!
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pickupjojo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Great shot. :)
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binderskagnaes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
Simply amazing... Congratulations on taking such a GREAT photo and making the front page on Digg!
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hdon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
and if you don't know, now you know, nigga
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Flarup Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
ooh, this is not the DD my friend, you just made frontpage on Digg - and thats a major traffic haul. Anyways, very nice picture.
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Beachrockz4eva Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
its featured on Digg.com!!
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rckmrobot Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
Very nice shot. This is one of those pictures I look at and am just amazed at for its beauty.
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