Post by yashica1943 on Jun 9, 2020 11:22:04 GMT -5
As I have been self isolating since early March I invested in a SplashArt liquid dropper. Taken loads of photos with my Sony a7 with a mf Leica Macro-Elmarit 60mm. Two flashes, one slave, other on hotshoe pointed up. Used water, soya milk and full fat milk. FF works best.
Post by yashica1943 on Sept 29, 2020 11:18:01 GMT -5
The 'mushroom' effect is due to the timing of the drops. The first drop hits the surface enters the liquid and a spike comes back up. If the second drop is timed correctly it will hit the spike and flatten it. If it is too late the spike and the no.2 drop can cause unpredictable shapes. So, in the top photo the 2nd drop seems to be too early. I like ff milk because it forms the drop slower. I have also used water and Xanthan gum (very little required) Belgiumreporter, what are you using to form the drops?
Also, the height of drop and the depth and shape of the 'bowl' or glass at the bottom affect the shape of the splash. After a while you can find a combination of height, splash timing and shutter timing, it just takes a lot of practice. I reckon I made about 16,000 exposure with a less than 10% success of really nice images! But my splashArt device often sent down a 3rd drip! Plenty of other video on YouTube for advice.
Belgiumreporter, what are you using to form the drop
I was asked by my students if i would show them how to get started with droplet photography.
The aim is to show to them ( of wich not all posess expensive gear) that it would be possible to experiment and in the mean time let them learn a bit more about high speed flash photography.
This simple set up i made is to give them "hands on" experience, not just reading about it on the net.
If they (or some of them) like it enough and decide to take things further then it is their decision.
I've made this shot as proof of concept with a nikon 9900 compact camera and used the build in flash, only 8 shots gave me this result.
I'm sure many more shots will give even better results but i've done my part in showing it is possible to do some droplet photography without taking things to far. We'll see how things turn out and if it would be worth to invest more time in it.
Post by yashica1943 on Feb 10, 2021 10:54:25 GMT -5
To continue the conversation. My first SplashArt device was for Nikon and Canon cameras. I use a Sony a7 and the shutter would not synchronise with the drops and flash, so I was discarding about 10% of my output. I have just ordered another new SplashArt because it is calibrated for Sony, also I am still in self isolation for until who knows when and I like the results.