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Another from the series of drop photos, this one include all the ripples.
Will post an explanation of setup in comments rather than here. No pics at the moment as I didn't have a charged battery for the D70 - oops
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Explanation as sent to an ePZ member who emailed me, so it may not read quite right as posted, but I'm working away from home - again!
1) A small fish tank. Filled almost to the top with water. This still left a problem of reflections and background. I solved this by using a piece of white plastic like perspex cut to size and bent and slotted into the bottom of the tank creating a curve (thus allowing the light to form a natural gradient) and secured with two crocodile clips.
2) Using a macro lens or something allowing close focus the lens was set up such that it was approx 4-8 ins above the water level and approx 12ins away. Mount the camera on a tripod.
3) The secret to the reflection I found was in lighting from behind the setup, so through the plastic. As said this created a natural gradient in the light. This needs an off-shoe cord. Alternatively I suppose it would work with some rear lighting such as a lamp and on-camera flash just to freeze movement.
4) Getting the flash duration to be short enough - I did quite a bit of reading up on the internet and found a few tricks mentioned to get faster flash output. One use the strobe facility and set for one pulse at say 1/32 or 1/64. (This will make sense if you have a flash capable of strobe - mine is a Nikon SB-800). Another trick I am yet to try is to use a peice of white card folded so that some light is immediately reflected back on to the sensor of the flashgun. Apparently this will fool it into thinking there was more light and cutting out the duration even quicker (yet to try this to see if it is true).
5) Extreme patience to drop the water (I use a pipette from a chemists) and try to trigger the shutter using a remote release.
6) The blue colour is introduced using the WB setting of flourescent, though it could be added later (or changed) in Photoshop or similar.
I allways wondered how you did this.
Stunning shot. Love it.
Nice work, it also sounds like hard work.Click
One of the best I've seen.
It is, truly, stunning. That smooth blue is to die for. Click.
Great photo!!!!!! and thanx for the explanation really helpful.
There's probably a much more simple way, but I like to over-complicate things )
Another good one. And thanks for posting the explanation. I will have to try this sometime.
Superb... excellent detail and sharpness enhanced by the blue tones
Classic example of the 'genre'..love the blue hue.
Fantastic work and explanation Cheryl - does sound like something you can even attempt with a Canon A80 'prosumer' compact, does it?? I guess the flash is necessary.
stunning. love the reflection and symmetry.
I'm sure that this is possible with less props, but this is the first time I've got a decent reflection.
Will carry on experimenting and post any simplifications as and when I discover them.
What I need now and maybe someone can suggest where I can get something is: you remember in science class there was a stand that you could use to support something like a flask over the bunsen burner. Well I need to set up something so that the drop always falls in the same place, rather than guessing and doing it by 'eye'. Any ideas?
You can buy clamp stands from scientific suppliers, Cheryl. I can get details if you like. Wonderful picture - perfect in fact
Yes please Linda, should have thought of you being a teacher an' all
Mike, sorry yes the flash is essential as it reduces the amount of elapsed time recorded to something like 1/4,000th or even 1/10,000th second, which means no blur. I know people have achieved images using the cameras on-board flash.
The theory of paper folding explained above according to the website can achieve 1/40,000th sec. That was on an older style Nikon flashgun for which they claimed using the strobe at 1/32 gave the 1/10,000th. I don't have any equipment to measure this to prove it one way or another.
If anyone is interested the camera was set to 1/60th at f/22.
Definitely have some planned improvements to the setup, yes I know I'm never satisfied )
...yawn... another EC Cheryl....mind you even I'll admit that this is nearly as good as "the duck"...
Surely you don't mean the duck
No reflection in the duck though Miles LOL
Good work Cheryl will have a go on a winter night when the boredom sets in
Glad to be the 30th. A well deserved award for a brilliant shot
It was raining Geoff and I was gonna be out all the next day taking boring bird of prey shots, you know how tough life can be )
spot on, lovely.
Quite possibly the best one of these I've seen on this site so far. Spot on and congrats
superb set up & capture
Oh, no! Another drip errr... drop, and another EC! You must be joking!
Hmmm, apparently not. Well, allright then - congratulations! Heartfelt, you can tell, can't you...
I know Conrad and it's getting blooming expensive now I can tell you!!!
I'm glad Kev keeps leaving the fivers in my usual place as Pete assumes that they are from me )
Thanks again. I really do have some improvements in mind, but as Conrad is obviously bored already then back to the birds of prey for a couple of days.
Can't fault it, simply excellent.
Lovely shot, and nice to see such a full explanation of the set up. Thanks for sharing both with us
Excellent quality but these water drop shots do send me to sleep it has to be said. Each to their own though. Sorry for making what could be deemed a negative comment, I realise that kind of behaviour is frowned upon.
Sublime quality to this, and the ripples are fab - you can still sense the movement. Very cool.
Well done on the EC!
Missed this one yesterday, congrats on the EC, and thanks for a detailed explanation
A rightly deserved EC, technically perfect and a credit to your skill. K.
S'ok Matt, I'm not particularly into butterfly photographs but it doesn't stop me appreciating a good example of the genre.
Thanks all, no problems with sharing the technique I used. If I fnd something easier I'll share that as well.
That's a late comment K as you were the first to click.
Sorry Cheryl, had a bit of a day yesterday, all rectified now I hope
I agree with Pete. Perfect Cheryl.
The best example of this I have seen, well done indeed.
just the best .. beautiful and more )P
Thanks again. Much appreciate people taking time to comment and I know I am particularly bad as an anonymous clicker.
Paddy nice to see you back again.
Thanks for the description. Might try it someday.
This is perfect.....well, to me anyway
I too, have never seen a drop done like this before. It's beautiful in how it imparts a sense of calm as you look at it.
I did a similar thing (the drops) whilst at college, only no where near as beautifully lit as this, what we did was to trigger the flash using the drip. We used a light beam that when the drip passed through triggered a variable electronic delay, using a slow shutter we shot a sequence of shots slightly adjusting the delay as we went along. this was on 35mm film so we didn't quite know what we had until we developed it! Anyway really beautiful work.
Thanks Cole, Danielle and Steve.
Steve, Tandy used to do a sound trigger for a tenner that could be made to work for the drip shots (and bursting balloons) but they don't seem to do it anymore. Seems you can still buy the kit in the US, probably some stupid health and safety regulation.
Brilliant pic, never gets boring!
How did I miss this?!! One of the best of these I've ever seen!
nice shot, I've been having a go at these but not much luck, any tips?
Cheers : ) Jason
Staggeringly good shot , beautiful deep colour.
didnt see this one until someone pointed it out Cheryl but i have had a go at the same sort of shot. not as good as yours but i have tried, it made a nice change to attempt a different technique.
Superb pic Cheryl and interesting reading your technique.
Wonderful image. Those ripples breaking the smooth surface are perfect. Great colour too.
Certainly much much sharper and cleaner.
I must try harder.........Sounds like my old school reports.
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