Fun with water

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  1. Johnboy2978

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    Now that I'm finally caught up w/ editing wedding pics, I finally had some time to try a subject that I've had on the back burner for a while...Water Drops. It's not nearly as difficult as I thought, but it does require quite a bit of luck to get a really nice sharp image, which I never really achieved tonight. Any thoughts?

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    I was recently reading about Harold Edgerton and how, to get his drop photos, he made a long exposure in a dark room but used a flash that fired at 1/1,000,000th of a second and exceeded the amount of light put off by 40,000 50 watt bulbs. I don't think this is necessary for you to get the sharp images you want, I just thought it was interesting. :)

    I guess just get your shutter speed up as high as it will go and if that's not enough, maybe try a long exposure and a flash? I'd like to see any others you come up with as I've been thinking about trying this myself. Good luck!
     
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    One more thing, 2 and 6 are pretty close to being tack sharp and the rest are neat even if they're not perfect. I'd say this was a pretty good run!
     
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    hmmm, the idea of a long exposure didn't really occur to me, but that's not a bad idea. Might have another go with it tonight. I need something to put in the background to have it pick up a bunch of wild colors too. Any ideas?
     
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    Good job, John.
     
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    personally i like them all :)

    good work ;)
     
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    Gels on your lights would be best if possible. If not, colored paper? Colored bowls? Coloring the water (or using different fluids with varying viscosities and coloring those [milk or glue, perhaps])? I'm not sure what your angle is, from the shots you posted it looks like colored light maybe?
     
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    #6 looks to me like its spot on for focus. Nice work Johnboy.
     
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    Try it with engine oil. I believe Valvoline max life is neon green and you can buy your viscocity. try a 20W50. You'll get interesting photos. Also automatic transmission fluid is really weird. I could'nt get it to stay in a straw with my finger over the hole, so it may have less surface tension than water which could make for interesting effects.

    (if anyone has to ask I drive a manual car, and was using a straw to transport the fluid onto my spark plugs as a starting fluid to ignite and deflood a car)

    Oh an #1 is my favorite, the color and exposure just seems right, even if focus is off.
     

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