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That elusive collision photo


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That elusive collision photo

21 Mar 2016 1:15PM   Views : 983 Unique : 571


I like water drop photos. I have three in my portfolio and like seeing ones from members that appear in the gallery.

At this point I cannot afford or justify buying a dedicated splash art kit so I will have to get by with the more standard methods of capturing them such as piercing a hole in a sandwich bag full of water or using a syringe or even creating my own release system.

For my first ever attempts which I have two photos in my portfolio I had drilled a hole in a plastic cap from a four pint milk container and stuck sellotape over the hole. Hanging this over a Pyrex dish and then piercing a hole in the tape gave a simple system for regular drops and a few half decent photos.

Now as I recently wanted to have another go at it I have given myself the aim of trying to catch a photo with a collision . To assist with this I had the idea of using a cola bottle to try and change the speed of which drops hit the water. I had cut the bottom off of the coke bottle and attached a funnel to it that I made out of a plastic milk container. I just undo or tighten the lid to speed up or slow down the drops and the funnel should ensure the drops hit the same place every time.

Initial tests required me to make the hole in the funnel smaller but the cap will change the speed of the drops just fine but it only requires a small amount of rotation to make a big difference in the drop rate.

Now it is just a matter of trying again and perseverance until I get a good photo. Smile

The photo that I uploaded here contains a few near misses and one that was a collision but slightly out of focus and maybe too low down near the water surface which probably means the drop rate was too fast. I also included my new water drop contraption of which further practice is required. Smile

Tags: Water Splash Drops Water droplets Collision


cattyal Plus
18 9.2k 6 England
23 Mar 2016 8:31AM
I started off with a plastic bag with a pin hole. Then I moved on to a one pint milk 'bottle' again with a pin hole. Next setup which worked well was aquarium tube and valve and siphoned the water up and I was able to adjust the drip flow via the valve (dead cheap to buy as well). Finally I did splurge on a kit which, although makes the collisions far easier, also has its frustrations Smile
EddieAC 18 3.8k 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2016 11:57AM
Thanks Alison!! Smile

I shall keep practicing and also try adding things like sugar and washing up liquid to the water and other things. The aquarium tube sounds interesting and I will have a look at that. I will also try varying colours and containers to see what different looks I can come up with. I will have a look into buying a kit eventually but I cannot do it at the moment as my wife is out of work and funds are just a bit tight. Grin

I would probably need a new laptop before a kit as well as I got mine in 2004 and it has a maximum of only 80gb hard disk space and is trundling along fine for now but can be really slow and before I know it there is only a few gigabytes left on the drive. Tongue

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