How do I slow down time

The images I find fascinating are the ones that reveal the things that are too small or too fast for us to take notice of. Water drops and dragonflies fit this criteria.

I was experimenting with water and ink, trying to get a sequence of gravity doing its thing but everything was moving too fast. So I tried honey. It still moved too fast. I placed it in the freezer for about 30 seconds. It was possible to get a sequence of shots in one go.

Honey drop sequence

Honey, like insects, must also be cold blooded! This technique works well with insects too. Cooler temperatures make them more lethargic and cooperative.

Instead of putting them in the fridge for a short period of time; my favourite time to go out is early morning on a cool day. This has the effect of slowing down time for the bug world to a more easily observable pace.

Yellow dragonfly