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Red Drop

By csurry  
I was going to do some different photography today, but I had an idea for the water drops that I wanted to try.

This is not the result of that, since once again I could not quite achieve what I wanted, but I will get there soon.

So here is a normal collision, but this time with glycerin added to the falling drops, which does seem to give a better spread to the collision when they are square on. Liked this one because the red is so deep, but also have some from earlier in the session with a more pink tone that I may upload some time.

I did also play with a couple of other variables. The exact effect of those I am not yet sure if they were positive or negative, but still all form part of the knowledge base for these.

Tags: Flash Red Blue Reflection Yellow Water drop Collision Flash and lighting

Voters: Badgerfred, skewey, Cristian and 42 more

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skewey 12 31 England
9 Jan 2011 5:31PM
Another great capture Cheryl.

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Cristian 13 950 1
9 Jan 2011 5:31PM
Pin sharp, how long did it take you to get this image?

Cristian Smile
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 5:32PM
gorgeous, and how you got the variation of colours too is very clever

Dix 10 England
9 Jan 2011 5:32PM
One word......WOW!
Especially love the reflection.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
9 Jan 2011 5:46PM
Awsome as usual Cheryl! It might be a great idea if you could take a photo of the setup you use with a good discription, I feel a lot of people would be very interested.


paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Jan 2011 5:50PM
Amazing, beautiful. Paul
csurry 16 9.2k 92
9 Jan 2011 6:18PM
Thanks all.

My problem is Trev, there is not enough room in the spare room to include all the elements in a single shot, and people would see how messy everything really is. I'm sure people imagine it to look like some kind of laboratory. Looks more like scrapheap challenge gone wrong!

The basics for the shot are as they have always been. Something to hold the water, something to drop the water (this is now a water valve, but has in the past been various pipettes). A container of water, this is currently an eight by twelve inch by two inch oven dish. Then behind the setup and two flashguns with different coloured gels, these are fired through a piece of frosted perspex which diffuses and spreads the light. Recently I have added a single sheet of tracing paper to the back of the perspex as this spreads the light and gets rid of the vignette that I was suffering with earlier. Camera settings are ISO 400, f/13-20, 1/15th sec. The two flashguns are set at either 1/32nd or 1/64th output. It is the flash that freezes the action, not the shutter speed.

Thanks for the GEA Ian and to Cristian for the UA. Both very much appreciated.

Cristian it has taken many, many sessions of perfecting the light and setup. Even now I only end up with a few images from each session that will ever be processed. There are just so many variables that can cause success or failure and so many other elements that can be tweaked to try to get new results. Today it was the glycerine, which I have used previously. My real problem is that I should make more notes to make results more repeatable, but I always get caught up in the moment of taking them.
Eastlands 7 760 4 Northern Ireland
9 Jan 2011 7:13PM
Ever since Harold Edgerton's "Milkdrop Coronet" this has been a popular area of photography and I am glad to see new variations in the digital age. This is a superb image with wonderful colours.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 7:36PM
Love those colours Cheryl, well worth the effort (and mess Smile ).
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 9:15PM
This has got to be one of the best of the series.
Would make a good ad image for a product.
Which one though?


Post edit.
Just downloaded it & flipped it both CW & CCW.
Looks amazing

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