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I have been experimenting with water splashes, and out of several hundred shots this is about as good as I have got.

The set up involves using a 100mm macro lens, shooting at f11 (I have tried f16 and f22, but feel that the images become a little softer).

Lighting is by way of a single Elinchrom 400ws strobe (set at its lowest output) which is mainly pointed at the white background, although there is a bit of spill to the splash itself.

My understanding is that the strobe is giving me about 1/800th of a second at best, and in many shots this seems too slow to get the crisp freeze I'm looking for. In this shot I've probably caught the splash at the apex, hence it is at its slowest speed.

Do I need to invest in a flashgun to get the flash duration shorter, or is the failing in my technique?

Thanks in anticipation of your help.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF100mm F/2.8 Macro USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jan 2012 - 6:56 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off camera flash from single Elinchrom 400WS strobe set at lowest power setting
Title:Water Splash Experiment
Username:John_Frid John_Frid
Uploaded:28 Jan 2012 - 9:32 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Red, Water splash
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coastem
coastem e2 Member 3coastem vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 10:09 AM

Hi, can't really help with the technical but just to say looks perfect to me.

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4740 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 4:58 PM

Beautiful shot !!!....gorgeous lighting & quality !!!

Not familiar with 'studio-flash', but a flashgun should give you much shorter flash duration, running into 5 figures
depending on the gun & the setting ????????

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 5:02 PM

The best tutorials you can get are on EPZ member csurry portfolio. She also has a link to her own site with loads of info, - very thorough and worthwhile.


To me, this one looks like it needs to be sharper than it looks here, so I will upload a mod shortly.

Its a type of photography that requires a very precise technique, and loads of patience, - so take a look at Cheryls page and I look forward to more.



regards



Willie

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SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 8:44 PM

It looks good. I can't comment on the flash, but it looks to me as though focus drops off very sharply. with more light, you might have squeezed out f16?

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John_Frid
John_Frid e2 Member 8514 forum postsJohn_Frid vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for the comments and I will certainly have a look at what Cheryl has to say.

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