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Old Dec 4, 2011, 1:41 AM   #1
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Default water drop try.

This must be the most difficult subject i've tried, Problem getting the water to drop, not stream, getting and holding focus, and knowing when to fire the shutter. I got 2 keepers from 70 shots, and they are rubbish.

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Old Dec 4, 2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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Nice work but a little no in focus.
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... I was going to ask 'how do you know when to fire the shutter'

Nice rainbow effects in the water.
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The key to this is to find focus on the place where the drop impacts the water surface. To do this, I normally put a pencil/pen in the water where the drop impacts, get focus, and start to drip and shoot. It's still a matter of timing and luck, but at least you've gained focus.

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Grounded, looks like a good experiment - definitely important to get the focus right, keep trying

Gary, that looks great!
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Yours is spot on GT, I seem to have trouble locking the focus, I have an FZ50, any advice.?
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Yours is spot on GT, I seem to have trouble locking the focus, I have an FZ50, any advice.?
I know it can be done with a bridge camera. A remote shutter release is a big help and I assume you used a tripod. With the remote shutter release, you can hold the button at half-down to lock focus then, drip your drops with the other hand. Oh, and use the flash and continuous shoot! You'll have to back off a bit from the distance you had in your attempt.
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Just realised what I am doing wrong, when I change from P to M etc, I lose my focus lock, and must refocus for any change, Try again soon. The book says you cannot use the lock in M but it looks as if you can with the af macro setting. bit confusing.

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G'day grounded

My modus-operandi is ...

All pix must be tripod mounted !!!
Open on-camera flash
Set 2-gallon bucket upside down in laundry tub to raise level to camera height - tub catches splashes
Set a water bowl on top of 2-gallon bucket
Set the AF / MF button on the LHS of the camera body to MF
Use a pencil or something across the water bowl to pre focus
Set Aperture mode, f8 or f11
Set tap to slowly drip - drip - drip etc etc

Shoot 100 to 200 frames, get 5 - 10 keepers

Changing colours of water bowl will change results & having variable colours makes it interesting

Hope this helps in some ways
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