Category Archives: high speed flash

Water Splashes & Setup

I had  a great time in the studio making some more splash shots today. I will post some of the better ones here shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a couple of pictures and video of the setup I was using:

Splashes Setup - Camera View
Splashes Setup – Camera View
Splashes Setup - Side View
Splashes Setup – Side View

Here are some of the best:

Ring & Ball
Ring & Ball
Orange Lampshade
Orange Lampshade
Hula Hoop
Hula Hoop
Angled Lampshade
Angled Lampshade
Low Umbrella
Low Umbrella

Splashes In Action!

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:

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A Splash Of Red & Yellow
A Splash Of Red & Yellow
Blue Coronet
Blue Coronet

16th MoNovember ’12

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

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.