Drops and Splashes

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I didn’t have anything planned this week-end because it was raining in the morning on Saturday, and when that cleared out for a few hours break before the rain returned that evening He-Man, Diva Dog, and I went to stretch our legs in the hills. We went up down the hills walking about 3.1 miles then we were slugs the rest of the day.

Today, Sunday I wanted to photograph water drops and splashes. It’s been raining so much I guess I have drops and splashes on the brain. 🙂

After breakfast and my first cuppa tea I set up my kitchen sink with diy water drop rig.

I thought others might like to know/learn how to do it so, I have written down the gear, and steps I used to achieve the images below.

In the first image below I have my trusty Nikon Df with my Nikon SU800 wireless trigger mounted on it, and both are mounted on my travel tripod. On a light stand next to that is my Nikon SB600 speedlight. I was shooting tethered using Lightroom’s Tether Capture feature on my laptop  which is just out of frame.

I attached a doggie bag filled with clear water to the faucet with a rubber-band.  I poked a little hole in the bag to drip into a bowl filled to the brim with water.

Under that is a colorful beach towel to create nice colors in the water, and catch any splashes and or spills.  The little spoon behind the faucet I used to focus on by placing it in the bowl where the drops were falling then focused on that and switched to manual focus. The lens is a Nikkor 105mm Macro lens.

Waterdrop and Splash Set Up

iPhone 7 Plus

I took a few test shots to get shutter speed, focus, and exposure set, then started trying to time the drops to get a few nice drops and splashes. You need to shoot a lot of frames to get the timing just right.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Suspended

Waterdrop

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

SPLASH!

Splash!

Settings: I used F/16 and F/18,  1/1000s and 1/1600s, ISO 100, Manual Priority|Matrix metering| Manual Focus: I developed these 3 frames in PS CC 2017 & On 1.

I shot about 100 frames then transferred them all to a memory stick to upload to my desktop computer.  Once there I culled the images down from 100 to 33.

It has been  3 yrs since I last set up to shoot water drops and splashes (here). I forgot how challenging and fun it is trying to catch the drops and splashes at just the right time.

You don’t need a Speedlight or wireless trigger to make this type of shot. A continuous light bulb in a shop clamp light would work! You’d probably want to diffuse it with some tracing paper,  velum paper, or shear white shower curtain though.  Be aware that bulbs can get very hot so keep your diffusing material several inches away from the light!

I hope you found this interesting, and I hope you give it a go! If you do let me know how you did and please post your images. I’d love to see your results!

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An Abundance of Cheer!

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My week-end wish for you. 🙂

Still-Life

Nikon D700| AF-S 24-70mmG @ f4| 1/320s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Hand-held

Strobist- SB910 @ 1/4 pwr camera left low-ish bounced off ceiling; triggered via Commander Mode in camera.  ( After composing and developing this image in 2014 it’s been marinating on my back up drive) and published now.  Marinating an image can be a good thing! I hated this image back then, but like it now. 🙂 Time is a wonderful thing to perception, and feelings.  There’s a great lesson here to those who are listening and seeing. 🙂

Texture “savor” by Kim Klassen

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

Happy New Year!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 35mm@ f8| 1/20 sec| ISO 200| SB60| Manual Priority| Hand-held

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P52 44/52 Chicken Noodle Soup

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Project 52 44 of 52 Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s getting chilly here in the morning and evenings which makes me crave comfort foods. One of my favorite comfort foods is Soup! I had some left over chicken in the fridge so while #1 Grandson napped I deboned the chicken, and chopped up all my veggies then made my soup.

Earlier I took #1 Grandson for a run around the block looking for Spooky stuff and he ran 3/4 of the block before slowing down to a walk. When we got home he asked for cold juice then cuddled up next to me and promptly fell asleep. He napped long enough for me to get the soup done! 🙂

My soup is semi-homemade. The chicken was a store bought rotisserie chicken, and I bought Organic Chicken Stock to speed up the prep time, and cooking time. From there it’s a pretty basic Chicken Noodle Soup.

Nikon Df| AF-S 50mm f1.8g| SB910 camera left front @1/4pwr| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

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P52 14/52: Easter Cupcakes

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P52 14 of 52 Easter Cupcakes

Thanks to Betty Crocker these were a breeze to make. 🙂 I found the little Bunny decorations at Michael’s several weeks ago. They’re made by Wilton.

I’m really looking forward to Easter this year because #1 Grandson will be more into it, and he should love the Easter Egg Hunt, and his Easter Basket.

Happy Easter!

If you don’t celebrate it I hope you have a great Sunday!

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm Micro lens| SB600 camera right| SU800 wireless trigger| Hand-held

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P52 11/52 Truing a Wheel

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Project 52 11 of 52

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm Macro lens| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| SB910 camera front low @1/8 pwr fill light| SB600 camera left slightly in front of camera @ 1/16th pwr key light| Triggered via SU800| developed in Photoshop CS6

Mixed bag…

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Here are several macro images I made while working on my Project 52.

An alternative to the “Nut Job” image from Week 6

The Nut Job Alternative

Soft notes on the wind…

From early Feb. 2015
From early Feb. 2015

Clockworks…from late Jan. 2015

Time Piece

Spring! From mid Feb. 2015

Spring in the Garden

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm Macro lens| Hand-held & Clockworks and Nut Job were Tripod shots with SB910 and SB600 Speedlights

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