Monday, 4 April 2016

Make a little splash!!!

Hi all,

Well I had a go at something a bit different, I took over the kitchen at home a tried a little water drop splash photography. I had never tried anything like it before and I watched a few YouTube videos to help me along the way. Such as First Man Photography

It seemed the advice was to start at a baseline of settings and experiment from there, so off I went and although the results are not fantastic, I enjoyed myself and got some pleasing results.

So the techy bit... I used my Canon 600D and tried 3 lenses, 55-250mm, 18-55mm and 50mm prime. As you will no doubt notice, I would have got better results had I used a dedicated macro lens but the budget won't stretch at the moment so I had to make do, although I have adaptors that could have helped but I forgot!! I also had my Yongnou YN560-III and wireless trigger close by to freeze the drops. I used a remote release cable so as not to job the camera and give me a better view as the drops fell.

I started with 1/200 shutter speed, f/8 aperture and ISO 200 and just fiddled around with those. As you can see below it wasn't the greatest setup but hey... I got results!!

I got some food colouring to add to the water hung a bag of water and made a tiny hole in it. I used a trick to get focus, by noting where the drops fell I placed a pen in the water, focused on that then switched to manual focus so I would lose the spot. That said I found getting a sharp focus really hard.

I cropped and adjusted exposure a little in Photoshop (another learning curve)...

Simple setup...

Change of colours

Back of the camera
I took lots of shots, timing being really hard!! My brain doesn't see things that quickly so a lot of it was hit and miss. Below are a couple of my favourites and this is something I am definitely going to try, although I will try my macro adaptors and put more thought into the set up as a whole. Anyway, hope you like them. Advice and critiques welcome as always.

Purple.. ish!!