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Cream splash!!

By blakeyguin
Messing about with some cream, food colouring and the flash. Not quite what I had immind .

Tags: General Specialist and abstract Flash and lighting Humour and fun

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paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 12:23PM
The idea is good, but you are very strongly over lit causing image burn out. You are using flash, so fire some test shots first to get the exposure right before causing thd splash. You could go down to f11 and the actual shutter speed is the flash duration, not that on the camera. Thus in excess of 1/1000 sec.


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mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
15 Jun 2014 1:57PM
"Messing about with some cream, food colouring and the flash. Not quite what I had in mind".

Apart from the technical issues that Paul has commented on what was it that you had in mind when you set up the shot.
Your description says that you were "messing about". Had you an idea of the image you wanted to achieve? if so what was it.
It looks like most of the coloured liquid missed it's target but it's difficult to offer any constructive critique, not knowing what the aim (no pun intended) was.

dudler Plus
14 618 1168 England
15 Jun 2014 2:13PM
It would be interesting to know what you were aiming for, indeed! It could help make the critique really relevant.

As Paul says, this is overlit a bit. There also seems to be a small focus/depth of field issue - unsurprising close up at f/5.6.

And the glass is tilted by aroudn 3 degrees to the left.

However, it's an interesting result, and I would be very tempted to try again, refining the technique...

Mod correcting the tilt coming up.
banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
15 Jun 2014 4:14PM
Im with all the above.

But I can add a little more.

Try mono, - it covers a multitude of sins; get rid of the stream coming in from the top left; and there it is, a masterpiece.

Splash photography is quite specialised, and less hit and miss, so dig into it some more, - you like doing this so its worthwhile.

You were capturing a splash, and you did. Thats success. The rest is practice. Check out the mod.


pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1951 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 5:16PM
I remember your Egg Splat, StephenGrin!

I think you should consider your aim and set your objects out accordingly.
I don't think a drinking glass is an ideal receptacle, a flatter dish would give you better results.
Set up your background so that it is all one colour or tone, not split across the frame as here.

Treat the splash as the important part and, if possible, focus on that and fill your frame with it, ignoring your container and any other paraphernalia. I don't think the straw adds anything to the image, and the scratches on your table are not very attractive.

If you look at the pink splash in the bottom right, that would be a good subject. However, you won't know where the best splash is going to happen unless you set up your props with an area in mind.
Trial and error is the biggest and most time-consuming area of this type of photography. There will be several failures. If your desire is to perfect this, you will have to try it many times before itís quite right.

This EPZ tutorial, about water drop photography, may help you to understand the sort of set-up I am referring to.
This one is from the internet, about water splashes using flash, and should also be of help to you.

If you have the patience, you could make this a challenge.....enjoy!

30 Dec 2014 7:19PM
Keep it up photography is never ending, maybe to much milk. All the Best for 2015.
15 Jan 2015 9:27AM
Amazing shot!!

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