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Water drop splash

By muonphil
My first attempt at water drop splashes. A bit of a basic set-up, but quite pleased with this for a first go! Comments welcome as to how to improve.

Tags: Splash Close-up and macro Water drop

Voters: ColinEJ, pamelajean, Trekmaster01 and 1 more

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ColinEJ 10 21 17 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 9:28PM
Much better than my first results. Clean, sharp and you have the tendril and two further droplets.

You have 3 or 4 highlights towards the top of the shot and some shadow bottom left that don't add anything to the picture, so I would be tempted to make them disappear.

For settings, rely on the flash to provide all of the light. If you have access to more than one flash, so much the better, but even a small reflector can help. The flash can be used quite close, just inches away and manually cut the flash down to 1/32 power, or 1/64 power. The reason for this is that the lower the power from the flash, the faster it is and the less likelihood of any blur. I generally use ISO200, f11 - f16 and set the shutter speed to your max synch speed - not sure on the 6D, but around 1/200sec - 1/250 sec. Aperture priority, or fully manual is the way to go. The general environment doesn't have to be dark, but subdued lighting ensures that it doesn't affect the exposure. I have a little jig made up so that I can swing a Kebab skewer into shot, move it until the drops are hitting the skewer and then manually focus on the skewer. Move the skewer out of the way and start the drops, knowing that you have the focus nailed.

Good luck and best wishes on a very absorbing area of photography and don't be put off by the fact that you may need to take hundreds of exposures to get the shots you want. Smile

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5 Jan 2014 10:06PM
Very many thanks for the helpful comments, Colin - great. I'll put these into practice when I next have a go. Thanks for giving a fair bit of detail - much appreciated. Philip.
26 Mar 2014 10:59AM
great shot and very good advice too have fun its a great area of photography

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