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Will upload some more after I have made some improvements.

To answer a few questions the basic setup is as explained on an old EC. A fish tank (first remove fish Smile ) which is filled almost to the top - I am using 8 x 10 x 8. Behind and slightly above the tank is a piece of A4 paper, in this case rainbow paper which goes from dark blue to yellow. Fire the flashgun remotely, i.e. off camera. I use the Nikon commander to do this. The flashgun is set at 1/64th output - somewhere if you search for your own flashgun model there will be a table telling you the approximation of 1/nnnnn th of a sec that this equates to.

At this time of year you need to do this is a fairly shaded room else there can be some residual movement recorded by the ambient light. These were taken at ISO 400, 1/80th @ f/22. I am now using 2 xSB900s which are angled to hit the background paper which thus reflects the colour onto the surface of the water and allows the reflection to be recorded.

Can't think of anything else I need to add to the original notes on the previous EC image from a few years back.

Post any questions, except how do you make the drops collide cos that is so "heath-robinson" as to be embarassing.
Cheryl

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Last One (from this session anyway)
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:4 Aug 2009 - 8:11 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, Specialist / abstract
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jools59
jools59 e2 Member 5jools59 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 8:15 PM

Wonderful image....good technique and great colouring...

J.

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318740 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 8:19 PM

My favourite of this session. I'm looking forward to the next.

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bzbee
bzbee  10102 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 8:20 PM

Very nice - as soon as I saw it I thought it might be one of yours - fine work as usual

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Phil_Morgan
Phil_Morgan e2 Member 8182 forum postsPhil_Morgan vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 8:22 PM

Another stunner Cheryl, and cheers for answering the questions Smile
I am scrounging a ring flash (off Cole) this weekend, do you think that would be suitable?
Where does one get weird and wonderful paper? or do you print it yourself?
Can you point me in the direction of a suitable IR trigger?

Well you did say post any questions!!! Wink

Phil.

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Phil_Morgan
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4 Aug 2009 - 8:23 PM

Hc already! Well done Smile

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 666 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 8:24 PM

Superbly done
mary

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digitall
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4 Aug 2009 - 8:29 PM

Cheryl, some very nice images. I know just how difficult it is to achieve this type of shot. A lot of time and effort has gone into the stunning result. For the moment I have given up trying to get this result, even with a timing device it is far from cut and dry getting the collision.

Allan

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SecretSnapper
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4 Aug 2009 - 8:38 PM

I have a couple of water drops in my PF. Not as good as this.
EXCELLENT!Terry

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4 Aug 2009 - 8:52 PM

Haven't a clue how you achieved it but the angle on the peak of the pillar is the icing on the cake Cheryl.

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PattiW
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4 Aug 2009 - 8:53 PM

Fantastic image, highly creative, Patti

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pluckyfilly
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4 Aug 2009 - 9:16 PM

not having tried it I admire your patience - the colours are great

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 9:48 PM

Thanks all.

The angle of the collision is completely beyond control and some result in completely unusable images, falling behind the main stem of the rebound, so away from the camera.

The background paper is literally any coloured piece of A4 (ok for a tank as described) I just happened to have laying around some with a diagonal graduated rainbow effect. Hence the colour shift you see from left to right. I am hoping to use some with a horizontal graduation to get the effect I really want. I have thought about printing my own, but the quality needs to be quite high and the paper can get splashed.

Suitable IR Triggers - hiviz, the cheapest available, not IR as such but have a detector that the drop passes through and can be used to trigger the flash, but you have to work in a darkened room. mumford time machine and the one I use which can also be used for wildlife subjects, the shutterbeam. This is available from Bob Rigby in the UK, but I bought mine when the exchange rate was favourable.

Any flashgun that allows you to modify the output to 1/32th or 1/64th power will do fine. I think the hiviz talks about wiring to an old vivitar 385, which I recently sold one of as I was too scared to make the connection that the hiviz uses direct in to the thyristor of the flashgun!
Cheryl

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 9:51 PM

Any flashgun that allows you to modify the output to 1/32th or 1/64th power will do fine. I think the hiviz talks about wiring to an old vivitar 385, which I recently sold one of as I was too scared to make the connection that the hiviz uses direct in to the thyristor of the flashgun!

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SteveMoulding
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4 Aug 2009 - 10:04 PM

Superb lighting and lovely colours. A beautifully timed capture.
Steve.

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baclark
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4 Aug 2009 - 10:56 PM

Another wonderful piece of work, thanks for the interesting explanation.
Barbara

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4 Aug 2009 - 11:39 PM

Another stunning shot Cheryl and thankyou for sharing the explanation. Anything but heath robinson in my opinion; you'd still be laughing if you'd seen my setup, but I feel inspired to have another go sometime
Tim

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Coleslaw
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5 Aug 2009 - 7:09 AM

You are starting to repeat yourself now, Cheryl...Smile

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5 Aug 2009 - 8:25 AM

Superb series and thanks for the detailed explanations Cheryl

LesF

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Alfies_Girl
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5 Aug 2009 - 2:01 PM

Great capture and lighting.

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csurry
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5 Aug 2009 - 7:12 PM

yes Cole, cos the system was telling me it had not accepted the update, so I reposted, only for it then to accept the posting Tongue

Thanks all. Some more after the weekend

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