It's been too cold to get outside and shoot, so I pulled out the water drop gear and shot a few images. I seem to only generate one basic shape at the moment of collision and I'd like to see some variety, although I'm not sure of which variables to change. Another cold weekend and I might just figure it out.
All with D4, Nikon 105mm macro, and various speedlights.
Very cool shots, Claudia! From the looks of our forecast, you'll have more opportunity for some indoor shots this weekend Although, it does look like it is going to finally get above the freezing mark!
Try changing the container your'e dropping into. Different shapes will yield different effects. I use wine glasses, flat bottom bowls with straight or curve sides deep or shallow,shot glasses whatever I find at the Dollar Store that holds water. Lots of memory cards and fresh batteries, beverages and snacks of your choice and your set for the weekend. Calling for snow in New England this weekend so it sounds like I'll also be in the dark. Maybe I'll work on my "Smoke Photography" too
Thanks Gary and Michael. Michael, I use a StopShot. That little box is a lot of fun. Here I used it to release the two drops from a controlled valve, and then also to trigger the flashes at the moment of collision. I want to experiment with other kinds of triggers like sound and movement. But I'd really like to get better water drops first.
I'm not familiar with StopShot I've been using the Camera Axe system. If you can increasing or decreasing the drop size/time valve is open. I've read on various blogs that this will also change the shape of the drop. Nice shots I've never had luck with milk will need to keep trying. Currently updating setup in my back room,just installed black velvet on walls for backgrounds.
Thanks Mark. I can do three drops and have that on my list to try. I've also modified my set up so that there is more fall time for the drop so that there is more rebound. It's a fun way to spend some time with my camera when I can't get outside.
Really nice! Your images leave me wishing to try one day"and start tinkering! If I remember what I read, the "mushroom" is generated by a collision of the second drop with the rebound of the first, is that correct?
I do have a sound trigger and I may give it a whirl this weekend. I've never used it before. There are some really amazing water balloon images on the net, and a few with smashing glass, but I'm stuck when trying to think of other uses. I guess there's always the bullets being fired, but I am most definitely NOT going to try it in my studio.
Thanks for the comment (both here and on my blog ) Yes, the mushroom is the collision of the second drop with the rebound. It's amazing to me how consistent that shape is. It's kind of an addictive thing to try!
Sun 10-Feb-13 02:35 AM | edited Sun 10-Feb-13 02:38 AM by daswolfe
ANy fluid is fair game if you can figure out how to make drops. Water and milk are the favorites. I've experimented with petrolum distillates ranging from light machine oil, WD-40,instrumentation oil to cooking oil etc with varying success. I'm now attempting to get paint to float on the surface of the fluid. Instumetation oil seems like an good canidate along with cooking oil. I'm going to mix finger paint with the oil as a solvent tomorrow and see what happens. Being a Love Child of the sixties, next attempt is "SMOKE on the WATER" Bob.
I wonder how Baileys Cream going into a black cup of coffee in a glass mug would work??????