Water Drops

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  1. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've played around with taking water drop pics before and I guess the first time I did it, I just happened to get lucky right from the start.

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    I've re-visited this over the last few days and just can't re-create it. I'm shooting now with a Sigma 70mm Macro at 1/180 and f/8 to f/16 with an alien bee strobe at about 1/32 power. For focus, I have the water bag hanging above so that it hits in a constant location then put a pen or something in the same spot, focus on it then set to MF so it doesn't hunt. My problem is that I just can't get the sharpness that I would like and something similar to what I had in this picture. When you guys are shooting these, what lens and settings do you use? Did I just get lucky in the first round and it's really just a crap shoot and you pray and spray and keep shooting until you get a sharp one?
     
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    I know of two ways people shoot these - one is spray and pray - the other is using a trigger attachment - this is either sound, laser or in some cases a drop release timer (device releases drop - moments later it triggers the shutter - so you can perfectly set the shot to capture when the drop hits each time).

    Otherwise blast away as fast as you can ;)
     
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    I've done these a couple of times and found if you have a slow drip you can kinda get into a rhythm. I started just when it would start to fall and adjusted my timing from there. I also like to get lower. Heres one of mine.

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    those are awesome! i wish i could do water drops... but i cant until i get my camera fixed... :(
     
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    :thumbup:

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    Those are really nicely done guys. Guess it's back to practice.
     
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    I agree with JAFO.. get lower. As far as everything else here, you are doing it right, but remember at macro focal lengths, even f/16 is still a pretty thin DOF. Set everything up as you have been, take a few shots, and then pop the card to computer to see where you are.... might need a slight focus adjustment that is not noticed on the camera's viewscreen.

    I don't know how you are doing your drips from a "drip bag", but I used to keep chameleons, and still have a couple of these around.... Fluker`s Pet Reptile Drip Systems

    Very handy for drop photos, since they have a small flow control valve on them. Most pet stores carry the small ones for a couple $'s.
     
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    What did you use for this set up?
    Fstop?
    Shutter?
    Light?
    Lens?
     
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    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.For this shot I used 1/160sec @ f/10.
    I used my wife's 105mmf/2.8 nikon macro, with my sb-600 off camera pointed at a colored background. For the water drops I used an old cheap tripod that I had, with a bottle attached to it. The bottle I used was from a bicycle. The opening allowed me to meter the water fairly consistently. These shots are very fun to do especially when you have a couple of feet of snow outside. Good luck and post some up if you try it.
     
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    Yea, I want to try some of these.

    What I own is in my sig + two umbrellas "black or white" and two light stands

    you think I have what it takes?
     
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    Absolutely. Check out this video.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwExpFDUC9Y]YouTube - How to photograph a splash of water - Week 52[/ame]
     

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