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By kanwarmunish
Tried to capture a splash under controlled conditions...what could've i done better?

Tags: General Splash Close up Digital art

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4020 Canada
22 Apr 2018 11:28PM
Its a very nice result.

Theres not a lot you can do better without using flash triggers, etc. In post processing you could brighten a little, and add a small amount of sharpening, - it makes the drops sparkle.

It needs a very tiny rotation to level the gals, - a minor point.



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dudler Plus
16 895 1504 England
23 Apr 2018 8:55AM
If you did this without specialist triggers, it's a great result.

Willie's mod does all that I can think of in terms of modification: I wonder if a really bright white background would have made the image even better - the fawn tone of the backdrop pulls the whole image down in terms of brightness and sparkle.

Of course, lighting the background to almost burn out, but not quite, is a relatively difficult thing to do - but i reckon it would be worth it!
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2018 1:27PM
This is way outside my territory so I shall leave the technical comments to others. I do have a strong interest in composition however, and I've spent a long time looking at this. I have now uploaded two modifications.

It does need that very slight rotation. But beyond that, the placement seems awkward. I wonder if this is cropped down from a larger file? The cut-off stem, minus the base, means that the glass looks to be balancing on one stilt, rather precariously. And the splash looks cramped, confined in the frame.

I cropped to place the base of the bowl of the glass on the base of the frame. That looks more stable. Then I added more camera space top and right, following the direction of the splash. To my eye it becomes more dynamic, and more interesting. There's a sense of the movement of the droplets because there is space for them to fly into.

I also lightened and brightened - that adds sparkle. Some gentle sharpening then improves the effect, as Willie mentions.

Then b&w seemed an obvious move. It adds style. I worked it in Nik Silver Efex with added contrast and a small boost in the structure slider which moulds shapes.

Just suggestions, and I appreciate that this may not be the sort of feedback that you are looking for.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 582 England
23 Apr 2018 9:14PM
The technical side of post processing is well covered above, as is composition.

But I have tp say very well done without using a flash triggering device. Such devices make capturing the splash at the 'right' time much easier and more repeatable.

Lightening is needed as the original is a bit dull and lacking contrast - this sort of subject really benefits from higher contrast to add sparkle/ You'd expect sparkle from wwater splashes.

All that aside, I'd look at your lighting as John suggests. Making the background white or almost white would help with the 'sparkle'. Alternatively, as the water is nicely lit as it is here you could try a dark background, as that would allow the highlights in the splash to really stand out.
A piece of black card to the left and right of the glass (but out of shot) would help define the edge of the glass.

Finall, don't discount coloured backgrounds.
It's a green fruit but a pale green background would complment the fruit without fighting for attention. I think pale yellow may work well too. Not so in your face as white.
pablophotographer 8 1.2k 351
25 Apr 2018 11:54AM
Hi, excellent attempt, action is well frozen Smile

I do not know if this is the original frame but I did two modifications and one was on the 16:9 format as I think it suits the tall subject. It would be lovely to have some more space on top by giving some of the space on the bottom but I would not cut-off the stem of the tulip-shaped glass, as it cuts off the finesse.

On both of my versions played with the idea of green background to echo the green of the cucumber.
thank you everyone for your valuable inputs. it for sure gave me great inputs to improve further.

thank you!

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