Ever since I got my external flash, I have been wanting to try macro water drops again. The tutorials I have seen have demonstrated how the flash “freezes” the image, thus giving the photo better focus.
There must be more to it than that.
I used water coming from the faucet for awhile, with the speedlight off to the side, triggered by the camera.
Not perfect focus here- although I like the image (mostly because of the bokeh. . .).
I then focused on the ripples created by the drops, because the theme today is ripples. I was surprised to see this heart shaped ripple!
I did a little post-processing to give it a bluish tint.
BTW, all the images were at f/4, 1/125- which I think is the problem. I should have used my maximum flash sync speed (1/250) and maybe a smaller aperture- but live and learn!
All of these images were taken in preparation for the big set-up on the kitchen table, involving two crates with a yardstick suspended over them and a water bottle balanced on the yardstick (dripping water into a pie plate). You have probably seen the tutorials. I got it all set up and then was terrified it would come crashing down, soaking the camera and speedlight. I put the speedlight back on the camera, figuring I could jump back with the camera if things went south.
I couldn’t get the timing right. I would click the shutter at the wrong time- or it took longer because of the flash- I don’t really know. At the end, I took the flash off the camera and took a few shots in burst mode- and called it a day.
Here is one of the last series- with no flash.
The whole experience was FUN! I like some of the photos, even though they are technically no better than my previous water drop images. So, I will read more, practice more with my flash- and try again one day during this year of Project 365 plus 1!