First of all, I need to thank Mike Moats for posting a “how-to” on getting this type of shot. I have seen many images of similar water drop reflections but didn’t really know how it was done. See Mike’s tutorial on his blog for details.
The most challenging parts of this set up was finding a way to get the water drops close enough to the subject and determining the angle and distance for the lighting. The reflections change a lot depending on the angle of the light. I found that lighting this from a lower angle gave me more definition and reflections while lighting from above tended to give too much glare.
I think I will keep experimenting with this technique since I like my initial try.
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/250 sec – ISO 200