Totally inspired by Amber’s images of water splashes, I vowed I would give this a shot when it rained. Well, boy is it raining today! We have a veritable monsoon happening out there – really, really horrible weather all around.
I tried shooting water drops outside, but rain is inconsistent and the wind was gusting something fierce. Not easily dissuaded, I set up my own thing inside. Nothing special really – just a sheet pan laid across the kitchen sink (to raise the level of the drops up to my lens level) with a black dinner plate on top (I wanted a dark background) and faucet turned to a medium drip. Camera set on tripod, Manual shooting mode, SB-900 flash with a FL-G1 colored gel filter and white balance set to Cool White Flourescent.
The toughest thing I found was getting manual focus set correctly to capture tack sharp drops and splashes. Need to work on that as I lost alot of interesting images due to things being ‘out of focus’ – arrrrgh! In any event, I prevailed and I am more than thrilled with the results I achieved today!
Here are my favorite three shots:
It was so cool to witness the erratic way water reacts to striking a surface and how each image is sooooo different from each other. I highly recommend giving this a try yourself! 🙂