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  • A drop of milk in water ended up looking like it's computer generated

    The picture is here:

    Drops by sdowen, on Flickr

    Setup photo is here:

    Macro Splash Setup by sdowen, on Flickr

    The white thing on the right is a softbox with an Einstein E640 flash (it's blown out white because the modeling light was on). Above is a round reflector, though to be honest I don't think it was doing much.

    The water receptacle is my wife's favorite martini glass filled to the brim with just regular tap water. To the right of the glass is a Canon 580EX flash sitting on a PocketWizard remote transceiver. The flash has a pink gel filter on it.

    Camera (Canon 7D with Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lens) was triggered with a wired hand-held trigger (TC-80N3). Food coloring or other liquid was dropped by hand and timed manually by watching the drop and trying to time hitting the trigger for the moment of impact.

    For this shot, I already been doing some food coloring splash shots, so the water had various colors swirling around in it. I used some drops of milk to get this and what you see is the end of the splash where there's an ejection of liquid from the splash shot. The drops look colorful because they've already gone into the colorful water and mixed a bit before being ejected. The surface looks kind of grey and glassy because the angle I had the camera at relative to to the surface of the water.

    I didn't do much post-processing except for a crop, some increase in contrast, and a de-saturation of color along the back edge of the glass (the whole surface was already de-saturated).

    Questions and comments are more than welcome.
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  • #2
    That's cool


    • #3
      wow!!! so good! and so nice set-up. your post teach me so much without further ado.


      • #4
        Very Nice.
        BTW, the reflector is adding to the image significantly. Perhaps too much as you can see the camera in the reflections...
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        • #5
          Thank you for this tutorial. This is on my list to try!


          • #6
            Wow! Awesome, beautiful and interesting... Thank's for sharing!
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