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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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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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