Project 365 Day 10: Splash Without Flash
January 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment
This is one of those ubiquitous water splash pictures. Everybody seems to need to do one of these and I didn't have one yet. I had done a much more modest version of this before and it didn't really work out well as I had followed some advise to do this at night with flash. This time I did not use flash to freeze the motion, but simply used the light streaming in from my north-facing window and mounting the camera on a tripod I shot at the widest possible aperture at mid morning. To be honest I was more attracted to the water drops (drips?) all over the table than the water splash by the time I was doing my PP on this image, but of course I would lie if I pretended that a puny splash would have sufficed. I was happy that a got a fairly good rise out of that ice cube.
I would say that at a minimum to do this shot you need either an assistant OR a tripod (or ideally both), a remote shutter release (or timer set to 10 seconds) and many ice cubes on hand. I also recommend using the continuous shooting mode if you are able to use a remote shutter release because it is a surprisingly short trip for that ice cube from your hand to the edge of the glass and more likely than not you will miss your shot. This is a good time to use the spray and pray method. I ended up with some pretty hilarious outtakes of ice cubes everywhere, bouncing off the edge of the glass and even some of my hand reaching out to grab them. Good times.
Next thing for me to try will be different sized containers, different coloured liquids and backgrounds, and different shutter speeds. I am officially hooked on splash photography. Such fun! Anybody have an aquarium I can borrow?
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