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By csurry  
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.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Flash and lighting

Voters: lifesnapper, Phil_Morgan, jools59 and 49 more

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jools59 8 4 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 8:15PM
Wonderful image....good technique and great colouring...


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Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
4 Aug 2009 8:19PM
My favourite of this session. I'm looking forward to the next.
bzbee Plus
14 102 3 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 8:20PM
Very nice - as soon as I saw it I thought it might be one of yours - fine work as usual
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
4 Aug 2009 8:22PM
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_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
4 Aug 2009 8:23PM
Hc already! Well done Smile
maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
4 Aug 2009 8:24PM
Superbly done
digitall 11 238 6 Wales
4 Aug 2009 8:29PM
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.

4 Aug 2009 8:38PM
I have a couple of water drops in my PF. Not as good as this.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
4 Aug 2009 8:52PM
Haven't a clue how you achieved it but the angle on the peak of the pillar is the icing on the cake Cheryl.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
4 Aug 2009 8:53PM
Fantastic image, highly creative, Patti
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 9:16PM
not having tried it I admire your patience - the colours are great
csurry 16 9.2k 92
4 Aug 2009 9:48PM
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!
csurry 16 9.2k 92
4 Aug 2009 9:51PM
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!
Superb lighting and lovely colours. A beautifully timed capture.
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 10:56PM
Another wonderful piece of work, thanks for the interesting explanation.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 11:39PM
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
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
5 Aug 2009 7:09AM
You are starting to repeat yourself now, Cheryl...Smile
LesF 11 182 9
5 Aug 2009 8:25AM
Superb series and thanks for the detailed explanations Cheryl

Great capture and lighting.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
5 Aug 2009 7:12PM
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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