Detecting Water Droplets

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Julie
Julie on 14 Jul 2011
I need to detect water droplets on different surfaces. I have a picture of the original surface, but the lighting is slightly flickery so the shadows change slightly. I have tried many variations of tracing edges and circle detection. I have also increased the image contrast and equalized the brightness of the image by using histeq() in various combinations before using any of the previously mentioned methods.
Here is an example of my images. The first picture is before any condensation, and the second has the droplets I want to analize/isolate. http://imageshack.us/g/685/a00120110714092419.png/

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 15 Jul 2011
If you can change the water to quinine water you can use UV fluorescence photography, because the water will glow. Just another example of how improving or changing the image capture situation will give you an image that is easier to measure.
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Doug Eastman
Doug Eastman on 15 Jul 2011
How flat is the surface? Perhaps you could scan a laser just about the surface to highlight the drops better?
Julie
Julie on 18 Jul 2011
No, It it in a really small chamber, and I need to take the data over time. Also, I don't have that much freedom over the setup.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 14 Jul 2011
perhaps an
imdivide %?
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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 14 Jul 2011
A division is probably better for illumination issues.
Julie
Julie on 15 Jul 2011
I tried using imdivide(), but all I get is a completely black screen. Am I doing something wrong?

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