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"hot chocolate"

Inspired by a crazy need to try this type of photography again, I decided to go for it last night! This time putting into place my previous two experiences! Used Milk instead of water for the drops and utilised my Tele-Macro lens!


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I used the set up I saw from Corrie White. She has some outstanding examples of water drop art and also has some very useful guides and techniques to try! She has also moved into another league with her equipment that controls the number of droplets and frequency!


With the new set up I was able to position myself to the side of the glass, next to the flash, and was able to focus my eye on the drop and then be ready to hit the remote cable release to capture the splash!


So this time used the set up in my image below, this allowed me to try different backdrops i.e. coloured gift paper, paper carrier bag, this image has the red chopping board placed behind it for colour. I then added some red food colour to the milk and dropped it into the glass that had water and black food colouring! Also as this was one of the last shots of the night I made a couple of holes in the bag to get more drops, hence all the bubbles too!


It has created some very weird and wonderful creations make sure to look at all the images too!


Anyhow thanks for looking and hopefully I can impress you with my water works soon!




I experimented with various f stops & shutter speeds and used my Tamron Tele-Macro lens instead of my 50mm prime lens. I went f7.1 here, shutter speed at 1/60. The flash was mounted on a small tripod to the side of the shot which kept the light more consistent than on my previous attempts! Use a tripod and shutter release. Let drops flow and put a pen where they drop to get your focus point then lock the focus, try and time the drop falling and pressing the shutter release to set of the flash and hopefully capture the drop!. Review image, less swearing and more yelling and repeat above steps! Image processed from RAW in lightroom 4 added punch, sharpened, increased contrast, clarity, increased vibrance and saturation. Exported to Photoshop Elements 9 - cropped in, cloned out a few marks. Added borders and logo!


Add to abstract images that WILL be done again! Because I'm hooked!!




Camera Nikon D80

Lens Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro

Exposure 1/60

Aperture f/7.1

Focal Length 220 mm

ISO Speed 100


Yongnuo Speedlite YN462

Redsnapper RS-283 Tripod

Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head

Cable Shutter Release


RAW File Processed in Adobe Lightroom 4

Border & Logo added in Photoshop Elements 9




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Taken on December 13, 2012