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.
Flash and lighting