Water Drops-Setup

Many people asked me about my setup. I hope the picture helps


in 200-300ml water 1-3 drops rinse aid,

in the droper guargum ( in 1000ml water 1/2 -1 teaspoon guargum) + foodcloring

fall high: 35cm ,sometimes higher


Guargum : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guar_gum

Light-Setup: www.flickr.com/photos/cymaii/6025085471/in/photostream


thx @all for commenting and favorites my pictures :-)


  • david verulidze 4y

    really very good job!
  • Feddah Ali "I'm a Girl real walla " 4y

  • Astrid Piepschyk 4y

    May I ask some questions about your ingredients?
    1. Rinse Aid helps break the surface tension of water, so what difference is there between using it and not using it?
    2. What is the purpose of guargum in the water? what difference does it provide?
  • Arja Rydningen 4y

    Your photos are just fabolous. i was just wondering, how do you time the click of the shutter with the splash of the water? Cause shooting with continious mode with flashes doesnt really work.. Do you have some kind of timer?
  • Victor Wolansky 4y

    Arja Rydningen He is using two different types of triggers, Stopshot, and Glimpsecatcher. Those trigger the valves that release the water, and the flashes, this is done in a dark room, with the camera in bulb mode, and the flashes are what actually determine when the photo is taken. So there is no need to sync the shutter at all.
  • Heinz Maier 4y

    Arja Rydningen hello Arja ,
    thank you for your words
    I have the camera set to 1 / 125 F16 iso 200
    The flashes are to 1 / 64 sometimes 1 / 32
    they are triggered by radio
    with the "stop shot" I set the times ,and it triggers the camera
    I hope it helps
  • Victor Wolansky 4y

    You are really triggering the camera too? I fount it to be much precise and less variations between shots using bulb mode.... does it works the same for each time that way for you?
  • Heinz Maier 4y

    Astrid Piepschyk hi sorry for the late message, I have a lot of post
    the rinse aid helps the column to be higher
    The guargum makes the water thicker, and you get more beautiful shape
    I hope it helps
  • Heinz Maier 4y

    Victor Wolansky hi my camera is set to 1 / 125,
    my light barrier triggers the camera and the camera via radio the flashes
    you need for this no blub mode , that's enough for the lightning
    are set to 1/32 or 1/64
  • Ghada F. Al Dossari 4y

    wow :*
  • Amanda Hsu 阿曼達 4y

    thanks for sharing! great work! fantastic idea!
  •  www.nikonbaby.com 4y

    amazing set up
  • leif26 4y

    What are the specs on the solenoids?
  • Richard Rogers 4y

    Heinz, thank you for sharing your talents and your techniques. Amazing work.
  • Rhod2010 4y

    Thanks for the info! Appreciated :-)
  • Simon Zebu 3y

    These are totally fantastic. I did some splash shots (of objects) years ago using a laser pointer, home computer and gravity. They worked well enough, but for droplets, the delivery and timing always caused me problems.
    I am intrigued by the actual delivery system you are using. What are the valves attached to and how do you work out the timing? I gather from snippets above that a solenoid is triggered to open a valve, but is it just gravity from there on?
    Fantastic shots, I am tempted to pull the old BBC B out of the loft and give it all another try..
  • Dan Borg 3y

    Great work Heinz, thanks for sharing!!
  • David Sandilands 3y

    Fabulous photos and thanks for sharing your techniques!
  • derena_d. 3y

    Thanks for sharing. It looks to complicated for me to give it a try but your photos are well worth the effort you have made. Your dedication to the art is inspiring
  • Lindsay_E_McNamara 1y

    May I use this photo for a portion of my site that I am building? It is titled "Inspiration" and I write about photographers that I find inspiring - I would love to include you but I like to show some behind-the-scenes action. I went to the Rochester Institute of Technology from 2008-2012 and took a high speed photo course and loved it, although my images did not turn out as beautiful as yours have! Here is a link to my site: lmcnamaraphotography.wordpress.com/


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