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Water again

By Debbiee
Still practicing with freezing water (thanks for the link pamela, I used the info of it as much as I could with the equipment I have), here are a couple of shots from my latest attempt, I am still not really happy with them as to me they look a bit flat and focus is so difficulut. I used a pen (as suggested in link) to set my focus point had my camera set on a flat surface and I don't know if either the drops moved or I may have knocked the camera but 9 out of 10 of my images ended slightly off focus, so any tips and advice would be graetfully appreciated

Tags: Water Close-up and macro

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paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
28 May 2011 8:02AM
The basic problem for me with this one is that I simply cannot tell what I am looking at. (Only v30 has detail.) Would be lost without your comment, which rather spoils the effort for me. Everything is too dark. I think, for this type of image, you need the flash off camera on a lead or remote trigger and placed towards the rear to give back lighting to the water.

This lighting just does not work.

ade_mcfade 18 15.2k 216 England
28 May 2011 11:08AM
yeah - it's the lighting that's the issue really

we did this at a Welshot Academy night - where we had a bowl of water in front of a white background, then an off camera flash a foot to the right of the bowl pointing at the background, at low power. when the drop hits the water, you shoot your shot, the flash bounces off the card and freezes the water from behind.

maybe try that?

if you've not got off camera flash, then it may be tricky
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
28 May 2011 2:12PM
I wouldn't bounce the flash. I'd try staying with a black or dark coloured background and move the flash to 3/4 rear so that the water is lit from the back against a black background. We used to do something like this years ago to look at how water flowed through cooling systems in steel making. We built models of the system in perspex, used flash from the back, a black background, then injected coloured dye into the system to track the flow patterns. It worked well.

That was with a 5x4 Sinar too - very slow working.


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