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Water Splash Experiment

By John_Frid    
I have been experimenting with water splashes, and out of several hundred shots this is about as good as I have got.

The set up involves using a 100mm macro lens, shooting at f11 (I have tried f16 and f22, but feel that the images become a little softer).

Lighting is by way of a single Elinchrom 400ws strobe (set at its lowest output) which is mainly pointed at the white background, although there is a bit of spill to the splash itself.

My understanding is that the strobe is giving me about 1/800th of a second at best, and in many shots this seems too slow to get the crisp freeze I'm looking for. In this shot I've probably caught the splash at the apex, hence it is at its slowest speed.

Do I need to invest in a flashgun to get the flash duration shorter, or is the failing in my technique?

Thanks in anticipation of your help.

Tags: Red Water splash Flash and lighting

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coastem 6 7 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2012 10:09AM
Hi, can't really help with the technical but just to say looks perfect to me.

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Niknut Plus
8 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2012 4:58PM
Beautiful shot !!!....gorgeous lighting & quality !!!

Not familiar with 'studio-flash', but a flashgun should give you much shorter flash duration, running into 5 figures
depending on the gun & the setting ????????
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3850 Canada
28 Jan 2012 5:02PM
The best tutorials you can get are on EPZ member csurry portfolio. She also has a link to her own site with loads of info, - very thorough and worthwhile.

To me, this one looks like it needs to be sharper than it looks here, so I will upload a mod shortly.

Its a type of photography that requires a very precise technique, and loads of patience, - so take a look at Cheryls page and I look forward to more.


SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
28 Jan 2012 8:44PM
It looks good. I can't comment on the flash, but it looks to me as though focus drops off very sharply. with more light, you might have squeezed out f16?
John_Frid 12 514 57 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 10:57AM
Thanks for the comments and I will certainly have a look at what Cheryl has to say.

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