Water drops.

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    Experimenting with lighting, had the flashgun directly on top if the splashes. The colour came from some red food dye, cant believe I never thought of using it before


    For those wondering how it was done, here goes...

    I filled a freezer bag with some water and then added a few drops of red food dye.

    To get it suspended, basically I selotaped the bag to a tablemat, placed it on the edge of the table so the bag was hanging, and put something heavy on the tablemat.

    I then placed a tray of milk underneath where the water would drop.

    Then, I pierced a tiny hole with a pin in the bag.

    To focus perfectly on the water drops, I held a pencil next to where the drops hit the water, automatically focused it on the pencil, then switched to MF so that I didnt lose the focus point (bear in mind that the camera was placed firmly on a tripod.

    Once I had the camera set up, I had to decide on the best place for the flash, which I found was directly overhead, this way no light spilled on to the background or the edges of the tray.

    To get the right picture, timing has to be quite accurate, the water drop lasts less than a second, so try to get it just right.


    There is a good video tutorial by Gavin Hoey in the link below, it's near enough the same bar the flash.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwExpFDUC9Y


    Hope that helps




    All shot at 1/2000 second, f/8, ISO 100 and then edited in lightroom...











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    Looks like fun.

    The first is by far my favorite.


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    Neat Rob, had a go at this last year and its fascinating but can be messy

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    Yeah - be careful not to get red food dye on your hands - woke up, looked at my palms and thought what the heck haha, and then I remembered... :P
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    Like #1 the best - tho all are very good. I would like to see #1 cropped tighter to see more detail if you have the time
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    very soothing just staring at them lol

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    loving them! gonna try something like that when I have time to make the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by cho_ro View Post
    loving them! gonna try something like that when I have time to make the time
    wow,so simple and so nice

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    Thanks for all the comments, it's amazing how many small details your eyes miss eh'
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    I would like to try. Can you tell us more about your setup and procedure?


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