Since my birthday (when I got that book I mentioned in my last post) I wanted to try out some different ideas for photography. Last post was trying out ideas with bokeh, this time I wanted to do drops.
I’ve been fascinated my some of those water or coffee drop photos (like these ones here from Irene Muller) or even the one from Avital on her blog here: http://apinnick.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/my-favourite-march-photos/
Well I don’t have a great flash set up yet. So I worked with the daylight only. As I don’t have any fancy set-up to control the timing of the drops it took me hundreds of shots to get a few with the actual drop hitting the water. In fact it was pretty amazing how every time I pressed the trigger it managed to take the drop falling and almost hitting the water and then the next photo was after it had it.
Well a few pictures turned out ok and this was one of them.
If anyone knows less about this than me you can learn how to do it here:
1. Recipient with water or other liquid.
2. In my case I had food coloring that I could drop into the water. I changed the colors to get this effect and let it go for a few drops. However the water soon becomes pretty messy and needs to be changed.
3. Camera on a tripod. Focus is actually a tricky thing here, you need to ensure the area where the drop will land is going to be in focus. I did that manually as the autofocus kept giving me bad readings.
4. Set the camera on continuous shoot, when the drop is about to leave, push the trigger and shoot as much as you can.
5. Cross what ever fingers aren’t busy hoping at least one shot will capture the moment.