Posts by tag: strobist

Water Splashes – Improvements

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 14th December 2011

I enjoyed another water splash session in the studio yesterday. At last I think I’m making progress in terms of getting good shapes and more coloured lighting. The flash setup was pretty similar to this, but I was using various coloured gels on the perspex in the background, and the blue drips were plopping into a blue coloured bowl below, rather onto a hard surface. Here is a fun one to start with (milk rather than blue-coloured water):

Big Red Crown, Little White Crown

Big Red Crown, Little White Crown

There are so many variables you can tweak that it’s a good idea to just experiment with one thing at a time. Today I was seeing what happened with using drop 2 at about 75% the size of drop 1. The answer – interesting stuff! The collision “hats” seem to get thinner and longer tendrils appear. It also helps to add a few drops of Rinse Aid to the pool they are splashing into. Here are a selection of the best ones which nearly made it for Day #1443:

Asymmertic Umbrella

Asymmertic Umbrella

Ripple Top

Ripple Top

Suspence

Suspence

Man In Top Hat

Man In Top Hat

Big Blobs

Big Blobs

With my current valve sensor setup, the depth of water in the valve reservoir is also pretty critical – once the initial measurements are done, the timings can vary wildly if the head of pressure changes too much – so I was tending to keep it topped up between 25-30ml for each shot. This gave me much more consistency and stopped me from going mad. I really need to build a Marriotte syphon to get around this issue. But that’s for another day.

More Power, Igor!

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 24th November 2011

I have been taking a look at some of my recent water droplet shots and wasn’t really satisfied by the depth of field I was getting, compared to some other shots I’ve seen on Flickr:

Fuzzy crown at the rear

Fuzzy crown at the rear

Most have been taken with the two flashes at very low power – 1/128. One option is to up the power – but the further this goes, the longer the duration of the flash – which is not good for capturing the fast events of water drop collisions. So, the other option – more flashes all on low power!

Today I took delivery of another three YN560’s and wireless triggers. They are very reasonably priced and I’ve been very pleased with their performance so far. I thought it best to go for more of the same type since I’m used to their operation and any delays etc will hopefully be consistent between them all.

So I began to set up another shoot with all five flashes:

Five Flash Rig!

Five Flash Rig!

The first was at the rear behind the perspex, using my DIY softbox. The “main” one was using a DIY gridded snoot, while the other 3 were using plain snoots. I had just got it all set up and was preparing to play with the fluid when I realised my valve sensor wasn’t working properly. Drat. Well, it was getting late, so I decided not to persue it for today. But I shall do more investigation and report back.

In the meantime, I’ve taken a few shots of this to see how pin sharp I can get things at f/22:

How sharp is the pin?

How sharp is the pin?

Not bad, I think! I’m looking forward to getting them pointed at some water splashes soon.

Coffee Cliché

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 15th November 2011

Cliché Alert! OK, I know shots like this have been done to death on Flickr, but I haven’t had a go at them yet! The setup was pretty similar to the Splashy Studio Shoot from the other day – the only difference being today we had both flashes pointing at the coffee cup from each side, rather than one being a backlight through perspex:

Coffee Cup Setup

Coffee Cup Setup

Tinkering with the double droplet timing and flash delay gave some interesting shapes and forms. I also found a nice one for my Day #1415 and 15th MoNovember shots.

The Tilted Sombrero

The Tilted Sombrero

Two Drops And A Tiny Crown

Two Drops And A Tiny Crown

Miniature Milk Jug

Miniature Milk Jug

Asymmetric Tilt

Asymmetric Tilt

7th MoNovember ’11

Posted by Caz on Monday, 7th November 2011

Reach For The Stars Title: Reach For The Stars
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 60mm EF-S f/2.8 USM
Strobist: 1 x YN560 from each side with Stofen softbox @ 1/128, timed with CameraAxe5 and Valve Sensor.
Notes: One of my shots today from the water collision session. I thought this one looked great in mono – like someone reaching up out of the water.