Filling The Brita Pitcher

June 03, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, House, Photos, Videos 1,338 views

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Water Drop SplashbackA couple years ago we bought a Brita water filtering pitcher that we pass all the water we drink through. We don’t really need it, but the water does taste just slightly better after filtration. But the difference is so subtle that we can often go several months without changing the filter that you’re supposed to change every three weeks. My skeptic mind immediately saw through the “change every three weeks” logic. How spent a filter is depends on two things: 1) How much water you’ve passed through it, and 2) How dirty the water is. Time should have almost nothing to do with it. But, like I said, we’re pretty lazy about changing them.

The other day, when I was refilling the pitcher, I accidentally left the tap running too slow and saw how the bubbles danced around under the surface of the water. After testing various tap settings, I decided to grab my camera and make a little video.

Then, for some reason, it occurred to me to try some drop photography. This has always fascinated me and I’ve been meaning to try some. And I hope to do some more. So here you go. A few drops and a short video of dancing bubbles.Water Drop

Water Drop Splashback

This video can also be seen on Flickr, YouTube, Yahoo, Metacafe, DailyMotion,, Veoh, Crackle, Stupid Videos and Viddler.

I downloaded the soundtrack from here, from the site I mentioned the other day. It’s Bubbles, by The Free Design.

  • We have the Brita filter too, but we’ve recently decided that it’s not really worth the expense and we’re just going to chill our tap water before drinking it. Belgian water’s not that bad anyway.

  • Yeah, after all, we drink stuff like coffee and whiskey both hot and cold respectively to minimize the bad taste.

    I normally drink all my water chilled, too. And Marga prefers her water slightly warmer than room temperature, which is about as disgusting a way to drink water as there is, in my opinion.

    I read a humorous blog once suggesting that, if you were a bioterrorist and really wanted to poison the water supply, you should break into a Brita factory and poison the filters. That wouldn’t work in the US, of course, because the Americans are so dumb that we prefer our tap water sold to us in bottles.

  • Some of us just try to drink better coffee and whiskey. 🙂

    I love photographing splashes, but I usually am not thrilled with the result. (With the D350, a lot — a LOT — of light was required, but I find that I have a lot more flexibility with the D40.)

    Our filter has this little peg that traverses an arc from point “new filter!” to point “OMG WTF change me already!” I’m fairly curious about how that works. There are gears involved. It usually takes us a couple of months to run all the way through the arc, but goes faster when we have guests.

    And in conclusion – dumb like a fox!

  • Some of us just try to drink better coffee and whiskey.

    I actually tend to only buy single malt and drink it at room temperature. And I refuse to believe that your coffee is so good that you can drink it at room temperature.

    a lot — a LOT — of light was required

    I took these with just the default autofocus flash settings on. I’m looking forward to learning more about how well my 40D does when I start tweaking the shutter settings. I’ll report any findings.

    Our filter has this little peg that traverses an arc…

    Wow! That’s way more sophisticated than ours. Ours comes with a little LCD gadget in the pitcher lid that will dutifully count down a period of 3 weeks. It sounds like your filter might actually be measuring the amount of water that goes through. If that’s the case, then it might not be a complete scam like mine is. Or maybe your guests are secretly on the Brita payroll…

  • And I refuse to believe that your coffee is so good that you can drink it at room temperature.

    That’s sort of beside the point, I think. There’s a range between room temperature and the temperature at which heat masks the flavor of what you’re drinking. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that peak flavor for most things happens between those two points. I’m only saying that my coffee is good enough to not require a temperature that masks the taste. Contrast that with Miller, Coors, etc. who are always begging us to “enjoy” their products “ice cold”. “Please”, they say, “neither of us wants to know how you feel about the actual flavor of our beer, so let’s not even go there.”

    On the camera, cool – please do! I picked up the $300 version of Canon’s fixed 50mm lens (not the plastic $100 version, and not the $holyshit “L” version), and find that I forget that the camera even has a flash built in.