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water drop collision
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Contest Finalist in The Shades Of Blue Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Patterns And Macro Photo Contest
Winner in Liquid Art Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Macro Water Drops Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Use Of Artificial Light Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Close Up Art Photo Contest
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Macro Water Drops Photo ContestTop 10 class
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47 Comments | Report
strumski
 
strumski January 11, 2015
So sharp.. very cool.
Nwhikingphoto
 
Nwhikingphoto January 15, 2015
Awesome!
Diane_Feeley_Photography
 
Diane_Feeley_Photography October 05, 2015
love love love this photo, if I could like it twice, I would :-) fabulous clarity
CeylanKocak
 
CeylanKocak October 07, 2015
wonderful!!!!!!!!!
knightog
 
knightog October 07, 2015
Nice shot!
davidforbes_3411
 
davidforbes_3411 October 21, 2015
Cool!
Ariel_Grinyer
 
Ariel_Grinyer November 02, 2015
Stunning!
sumitahaldar
 
sumitahaldar November 14, 2015
beautiful..how did you do this??
2MyEye
 
2MyEye December 04, 2015
Excellent capture and reflections! Admired in Reflections in Water photo challenge.
scottkingman PRO+
 
scottkingman March 16, 2016
Nailed it!! Great work.
williamshort
 
williamshort March 17, 2016
Like the 3 waves and one getting ready. Perfect timing.
dragonetch
 
dragonetch March 17, 2016
Awesome picture.what did u use to drop in water because the shape is amazing
Basciano_Photography PRO+
Basciano_Photography March 17, 2016
I use a black cat litter tray from the dollar store. The water is just distilled water with food colouring. (distilled water gives less bubbles) The entire process is described in my "how to" of this image. :) thanks for the kind words.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 26, 2016
Awesome job! Congrats.
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole March 26, 2016
Amazing capture!!!....and congrats on your well deserved award!!! : )
chrisilett
 
chrisilett March 31, 2016
Im new to photography and i dont understand how you capture this at exposure 1/8? i thought it would have to be super fast? what am i missing?? Amazing photo....
Basciano_Photography PRO+
Basciano_Photography April 02, 2016
Hi there. :) The exposure is 1/8 sec because it is the super short duration of the flash that exposes the photo. The room is fairly dim so the 1/8 sec at a small aperture does not have any effect on the exposure. :)
smith7441
 
smith7441 April 14, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
glw20109 PRO+
 
glw20109 April 29, 2016
Great shot, I have tried some water drop shots, but yours is fantastic. Thanks for Sharing

Gary
billchan
 
billchan April 30, 2016
wow beauty
Philjmainey
 
Philjmainey April 30, 2016
Great timing
Tanti-Photography
 
Tanti-Photography May 01, 2016
Nice skill
JordanSuter
 
JordanSuter May 01, 2016
water + gravity x color = awesome photo. well done.
Ajhazeem
 
Ajhazeem May 05, 2016
I love it :D
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre June 12, 2016
awesome!
Deepuz
 
Deepuz June 23, 2016
superb picture..good
tehnininess
 
tehnininess June 28, 2016
Awesome shot!
LabyrinthLover
 
LabyrinthLover July 09, 2016
Nice, it looks like a water mushroom. I didn't even know that was a thing.
melkav PRO+
 
melkav August 10, 2016
Wow! Absolutely stunning! Love it.
sallycarey PRO+
 
sallycarey August 13, 2016
Great creativity!!
kiranchaudhary
 
kiranchaudhary September 13, 2016
Amazing!
geddersfitz
 
geddersfitz October 27, 2016
Absolutely awesome shot
YvonneEschenbach PRO+
 
YvonneEschenbach October 27, 2016
Amazing Shot
Dave_Bomb Premium
 
Dave_Bomb October 30, 2016
Nice work!
prasetio
 
prasetio December 01, 2016
nice shoot :)
Forfarlass PRO
 
Forfarlass December 01, 2016
Just fantastic, A lot of skill went into that image.
FredBlundell PRO+
 
FredBlundell December 01, 2016
Superb artistry!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK December 02, 2016
Absolutely wonderful. Congratulations
wildhorse888
 
wildhorse888 February 23, 2017
FODASSE!!!
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion March 01, 2017
Astounding shot
Moodylama
 
Moodylama March 21, 2017
Indelibly delightful
kcalpesh
 
kcalpesh May 03, 2017
Wow.... great timing... super shot...
JulienVIEL
 
JulienVIEL May 07, 2017
Superb
3025_6047
 
3025_6047 June 06, 2017
Amazing photo
finsterbushphotography
 
finsterbushphotography September 06, 2017
Awesome clarity ????????????????????????????????????
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre September 06, 2017
awesome!
ghick6252 PRO+
 
ghick6252 July 19, 2018
I am totally in awe of your work. Incredible.
embas PRO+
 
embas September 24, 2019
That blue is stunning
Basciano_Photography PRO+
Basciano_Photography September 24, 2019
Thank you
vesa75
 
vesa75 November 05, 2019
cool

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in my basement here in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.. I do all of my still life shots here at home.
Time
It was part of a marathon photography session and this frame was shot at about 8pm. The photo is entirely lit by flash so the time of day has no relevence to the photo itself.
Lighting
In this photo I was using 2 speedlight flash units bounced off of a white board. They were set to 1/64 of their power which gave me a flash duration (and effective shutter speed) of about 1/7,500 sec.
Equipment
Nikon D700 on a Manfrotto tripod. Lens was an old Vivitar 90mm Macro. Flash units were one Yongnuo 560II, and one cheap Metz speedlight. I control the timing of the camera, flash, and my water drop with a timer unit and valve system I bought from a man in China. Next time I set up for water drop shots I will take a "pull back" photo to show the set up.
Inspiration
I have always loved viewing water droplet photos, especially those by Martin Waugh. (google him) Several years ago I bought a much cheaper timing system for high speed flash and played with balloon bursts and things of that nature. My water drop photos at that point were ok, but the results totally inconsistent. This past year I decided to give it another shot and bought a better timing system and an electric water valve to time the drops as well. I am just starting out in this (water drop) area and hope to get back to it again soon.
Editing
Post was just normal cleanup of a few tiny splashes, then mostly contrast adjustment, both done in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
Nikon D700 and D7100. Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens, Nikon 70-200mm VRII lens, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens.
Feedback
It takes an extremely short exposure duration to stop the motion in a water drop. If I had to guess I would say about 1/5,000 sec or faster would be needed to freeze the drop using shutter speed. The way it is commonly done (and the way I did it) is by using a very short duration of flash to expose the drop. If you do so in a reasonably dark room you can then set your camera shutter speed to as long as you want to, as long as you are not picking up any ambient light source in the room. As long as your flash goes off during the exposure time, your flash duration becomes your effective shutter speed. At that point the challenge becomes timing your flash to go off exactly during the part of the drop/splash that you want it to. What you are seeing in my photo is the collision between a couple of water drops.

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