This photo was taken in my spare room on a piece of glass propped up by some pint glasses and my daughter's coloured pencils set out underneath!
I took the photograph mid-morning.
I used a softbox on one side and natural light from a window on the other.
I take my photos on a Canon EOS 1200D. I used a 50mm lens for this image and an aperture of F4 with a shutter speed of 1/160 and ISO 400 (although this was set to auto) and auto white balance. I got as close to the droplets as my lens would allow and, although I tried manual focus, I found it easier on auto focus and keep re-focussing until the camera picked up on the droplets and put the background in blur
I read lots and lots of photography magazines - my main two being Practical Photography and Digital Photo. There were details on this type of image in there and I wanted to try something a bit different.
The only edits I carried out were to crop the image slightly and increase the contrast as well as brighten it a little.
In my camera bag
I always carry my Canon EOS1200D, an 18 to 200mm lens, a 50mm lens, a 75 to 300mm lens and an 18 to 55mm lens. I also carry a spare SD card.
You can find all the instructions for the image together with the equipment I used over on my blog post http://www.vevivos.com/2016/01/30/patterns-with-pencils/
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