LightningPaul

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photoblog image Images of Water Theme (3 of 4)

Images of Water Theme (3 of 4)


Also this image got the third place (together with the previous post) in the water theme competition. I'm proud to say that when counting all points of all my images, I became second :-) The winner delivered the images which got the first and second place.
For this one I took a small glass, normally used to drink vodka, filled it with water and splashed into my kitchen sink (also filled with water). I took a while to shoot at the right moment but the human brain is an easy to train and highly effective timer. The hardest part was to throw the water on the right spot so it got fully into the image frame.


TECH-INFO: besides good timing skills and some luck, you need some basic but important equipment too. The camera was mounted on a tripod. Using a pencil in the lower part of the frame, I focused on the right spot manually. In this case I even used my live view, very handy. I increased the depth of field to f/11 to make sure I got many water drops sharp. With a cable release, to avoid shakes, I triggered the camera on the right moment.
Behind the water, above the sink I placed a white cardboard. Two speedlight flashes were used at both sides of my camera, pointed to the cardboard. To add some depth I gelled one flash green and the other one magenta. On the camera screen the result was looking cool but on the computer I felt like some oil or mix of chemicals. So not water. In Photoshop I partially converted it into B/W and re-colored it using a blue filter. The splash itself is brightened while the surroundings are darkened. It lets you focus on the action itself. Enjoy!

Images of Water Theme (3 of 4)


Also this image got the third place (together with the previous post) in the water theme competition. I'm proud to say that when counting all points of all my images, I became second :-) The winner delivered the images which got the first and second place.
For this one I took a small glass, normally used to drink vodka, filled it with water and splashed into my kitchen sink (also filled with water). I took a while to shoot at the right moment but the human brain is an easy to train and highly effective timer. The hardest part was to throw the water on the right spot so it got fully into the image frame.


TECH-INFO: besides good timing skills and some luck, you need some basic but important equipment too. The camera was mounted on a tripod. Using a pencil in the lower part of the frame, I focused on the right spot manually. In this case I even used my live view, very handy. I increased the depth of field to f/11 to make sure I got many water drops sharp. With a cable release, to avoid shakes, I triggered the camera on the right moment.
Behind the water, above the sink I placed a white cardboard. Two speedlight flashes were used at both sides of my camera, pointed to the cardboard. To add some depth I gelled one flash green and the other one magenta. On the camera screen the result was looking cool but on the computer I felt like some oil or mix of chemicals. So not water. In Photoshop I partially converted it into B/W and re-colored it using a blue filter. The splash itself is brightened while the surroundings are darkened. It lets you focus on the action itself. Enjoy!

comments (6)

Congrats Paul, this image is a real winner in my book too. Awesome work, great tones and love the mercury like fluid effect.
awesome capture
LightningPaul: Thank you Chantal.
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 15:08
Nice one! Love it....
A likey for me
Thanks for the tech info too..I've been wanting such a shot for a while now..still haven't succeeded!
Another great one Paul. I have to try this for myself too.
Terrific shot and you are a master processor, Paul
  • faisal
  • United States
  • 24 May 2010, 19:44
nice capture mate. very sharp and crisp.

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