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Old Jan 12, 2010, 4:41 PM   #1
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I saw Mark1616 post on water drops and inspired me to give it a try...I never did them before, only read about them. So did about 10 shots and this was probably my best one. Gonna try again...used f.4 but think will up it to 8 or 11 or higher next time...will that help...any other suggestions?
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Not bad for a first attempt. A fraction of a second later or earlier will result in a completely different picture. There is an interesting chain of events that takes place with each drop. And it happens so fast you never see it. You might try dropping some food dye or printer ink in the water for some color. Also try blue in the dish and drip milk. All sorts of things to do to keep this entertaining.
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Thanks Bynx I'll try the food coloring and milk. I did a few with a clear dish and a red saddle blanket under it..was good color but needed a better focus.
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I use the same setup as you -- close up filters since I dont have a macro lens. I set my aperture to f13 (max), shutter speed to 1/1000 (max), ISO to 64 and manual focus. By using the built-in flash the exposure is just right. If you check out my photo site www.photo.net/photos/Bynx you will see the nice effect of using milk drops and blue water. Also the chain of events with each drop.
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Thanks for the advice Bynx..I'll check out your site also. I was only using 250 for shutter speed so will up that also and the aperture.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 6:27 PM   #6
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Wow Bynx those water drop photos were wonderful..but your photos always have me saying Wow!. I can see me spending a lot of time 'playing' with water drops
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I'm pleased I inspired someone to try something, nice shot

Just as a point of interest with the shots I took I was using 1/13s and just letting the flash do all the work to freeze the action. I was using off camera flash set to I think 1/32 power so the pulse of light is crazy fast, in the region of 1/10,000 I believe (I might be miles out).
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thats a very nice first attempt. well done!
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 7:50 PM   #9
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Thanks Mark and Dustin.
I was using an old speedlite(SB20) Mark...had it on manual and think was using 1/4 power. Used manual focus but set the shutter speed and ISO and let the camera do the aperture...think will do full manual next try.
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Now Im curious how you timed your shot. Was it just luck? Whenever Ive done a drop session I take 300-350 pics.
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