Posts by Category: high speed flash

Splashes In Action!

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 19th March 2013
Caz in action

Caz in action

The presentation and live demo of my High Speed Photography talk went down well at Brighton & Hove Camera Club this evening.

The first half of the show was taken up with my talk and slides, showing how my water splash work has evolved. The second half was the demo where I showed members how to capture some images of crowns using the Splash Art Kit. Club member and fellow-365′er Graham Devenish caught me in action at my rig (right).

The members asked plenty of intelligent questions, and quite a few were making copious notes, so perhaps they will have a few budding Splashers at the club soon!

Here are a few shots I took during the demo:

Transparency

Transparency

A Splash Of Red & Yellow

A Splash Of Red & Yellow

Blue Coronet

Blue Coronet

16th MoNovember ’12

Posted by Caz on Friday, 16th November 2012

16th MoNovember '12Title: My Halo Is Slipping
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM
Strobist: 2 x YN560′s through coloured gels @ 1/64, both shooting through milky perspex from the rear; 1 x YN560 from RHS @ 1/64 through Opteka gridded snoot
Notes: I was able to have another play with splash shots this afternoon, in preparation for my talk and demo at Ingatestone Camera Club this evening. The shot above suited mono quite well – but most of them relied on some colour for more impact.

Crown Jewels

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 11th January 2012

After yesterday’s success with double droplet collisions, today I thought I would try and make some double crown shots. I’ve not seen anyone do these on Flickr before, so I hope you like them. Here’s the setup:

Double Crowns setup

Double Crowns setup

As with my other crown shots, the valves are dropping onto perspex. In the past, I’ve had reasonable success but not really seen some of the long tendrils I’ve noticed in other people’s pictures.

Initial shots - fairly boring shapes

Initial shots - fairly boring shapes

Initially I was getting the standard fairly boring shapes – crowns, yes, but not much in the way of splashes from the rims. I had a brainwave and decided to add a drop of Rinse Aid into each of the drop pools when they first form and see what happened. (I’ve used Rinse Aid in the bowl when doing splash collisions, but never for crowns on a flat surface before). All of a sudden, more interesting shapes began to appear!

Salad Bowl And Cherry Tomato

Salad Bowl And Cherry Tomato

Double Drop Crown In Blue

Double Drop Crown In Blue

Splash Wall Details

Splash Wall Details

Chaos Reigns

Chaos Reigns

Spindly And Thicker

Spindly And Thicker

Jester's Hat

Jester's Hat

Patterned Walls

Patterned Walls

There are some great patterns there, I’m very pleased. My ultimate image for the day, containing a “King and Queen” crown was Day #1472.

Double Trouble

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 10th January 2012
Two valve setup

Two valve setup

As if single splash shots weren’t hard enough, today I decided to give myself even more of a headache and attempt a double splash shot – two collisions simultaneously from two vavles (I took delivery of a second Valve Sensor for the Camera Axe just after Christmas). There has also recently been an upgrade to the Camera Axe software to allow the control of two valves at once.

Timing and alignment are both crucial, as you might imagine. Whilst I have only really scratched the surface of what can be achieved with the pair, I’m quite pleased with the results from my first attempt. There weren’t many coherent collisions (as I have to work on the alignment being more accurate) but there are some more abstract shots – see in them what you will!

The Kiss

The Kiss

Tipping Point

Tipping Point

Bride And Groom

Bride And Groom

Put The Baby In the Cradle

Put The Baby In the Cradle

Clash

Clash

Favourite from the shoot was chosen for Day #1471 – one of the few coherent double collisions I did manage to capture today.