Capturing the water drop and splash is tedious


After spending 20 minutes getting everything setup for the shot – the catch basin filled and positioned, the water dropper aligned, flash settings configured and synced with the camera, the tripod arranged and the Canon 60D positioned – I just had to keep shooting until my camera card was full. Needless to say, I had a ton of photos to comb through, many of which had no splash or were underlit.

I was glad to have shot in RAW so I could make any adjustments to help highlight or change the look for the photo to accentuate different aspects. I created a set on Flickr with my favorites from the photo shoot, but here is my favorite shot from this go-around.

Off-target Water Drop Splash

I’m sorry I don’t have the camera settings listed for this photo. I’ve already pulled them from my camera and am not able to see them (that I know of anyway).

I like this photo because the ripples in the water area creating a sort of target, with the objective being a splash dead center. However, the water drop that is milliseconds from splashing into the water is slightly off target, which I feel adds to the interest in the photo.

~signed, Carltonaut

7 Replies to “Capturing the water drop and splash is tedious”

  1. Wow, I tried doing something like this a couple of days ago though yours has such an awesome smoothness of the to the water.

  2. WOW! I would be very proud of this shot, if I were you. I’ve been working with water shots for months but have not been happy with any. THIS ONE … excellent.

    1. Well thank you. I like how the shot came out, as I know capturing it can be tedious and sometimes it’s based on luck. I was going for a slightly different look, but I guess I’ll just have to keep playing with water until I can get the look I want. If you have any water shots you’ve captured, send me a link. I would love to see them.

    1. Thanks. I’ve since started using Lightroom, which allows me to see the camera settings when I download them. Thanks for the link to the other software – and for checking out my blog.

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