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Splash photography

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by izzikiorage, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

    323
    Jul 30, 2013
    I've been trying splash photography (dropping stuff in water) for quite a few days

    Some stuff that I learned that might help others out
    1. Keep the shutter speed at around 1/1600 or so or you'll blur out the splash itself
    2. The minimum aperture that I could use was f/7.1 otherwise I would lose out the front and back of the splash (50mm focal length)
    3. You need crazy amounts of light, so shoot in sunlight, put up lamps, just about everything you can lay your hands on
    4. try a lot, by the time I finished I had about 350 clicks (1.25 GB)


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    Splash! by Amlan Mathur, on Flickr
     
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Awesome!!! :thumbup:

    and thanks for sharing the tips ;)
     
  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Awesome results you've gotten. My son did something similar, but he used a laser trigger to do it.
     
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  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    350 shots for one keeper, dedication.
     
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  5. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Nice shot and thank you for the info.
     
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  6. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

    323
    Jul 30, 2013
    What laser trigger did he use and how

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using TalkNEX mobile app
     
  7. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    I believe he uses this one. No idea what his set up looked like, but he is using a Pentax K5, not a NEX.
     
  8. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Probably using a good flash would make everything easier. You could ignore the shutter speed and don't need to search for any other lights, and probably you can stop down much farther.
     
  9. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

    323
    Jul 30, 2013
    Wow, that is one very professional trigger.

    even with a flash, any shutter speed below 1/1000 seemed to give me motion blurs. Will try to retake this with the aperture lowered to f/16 or so. See if that helps
     
  10. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    If you use a flash, the flash is your shutter, so as long as you stay above the max flash sync speed (1/200s or so in NEX cameras), the shutter speed doesn't matter. A flash duration is more than short enough to freeze these.
     
  11. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    But the flash power must be something like 95% of all the light sensor receives. So pretty dim surroundings and powerful flash. Flash duration is dependent of flash power (modern flashes stop the flash when sufficient amount of light is produced). Very easy to achieve with light ports.
     
  12. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    With the HVL-F43M you should be fine.