Water Droplet Splash Photography

I’ve always wanted to attempt water droplet photography.

And now I have!

It’s kinda like photographing fireworks in that you never are quite sure what you are going to capture when the shutter is fired, but you don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July either. This is something that could consume me as there are endless variables to throw into the mix. What can change the look of any image? Type of liquid, the color of the fluid, the temperature of the liquid, the size of the drop(s), flash duration, add another flash, and another, change the background color, add color gels on the flash…

Arrghh! It’s fun if a little frustrating at times when you think you have done everything exactly the same but get an entirely different result. I now understand where someone had said that making these images is part science, part art and lots of luck. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The harder I work the luckier I get.” That might not be an exact quote, but you get the idea.

Here’s are some examples from my first couple of days.

water droplet photoThis is from day one of playing in the water with splash photography

splash photographyThis from day two shooting. Playing with lights and droplet timing.

splash photographyDay Three

water drop photography imageDay Four with thickened water and new timings for dropping the drops.

As I said, the photographing of the drops is part science and part luck. You can increase your luck by adding to the science in your arsenal. I purchased some help in the form of the Pluto Trigger and the Pluto Valve. The Pluto Trigger is a pretty amazing controller for your camera. In this case, the trigger releases the waterdrops and times the firing of the flash. Even with that control, there are still a lot of variables in play.

And I like it.

In the next couple of days, I’ll share my set-up and some things I learned as I have started this new photography genre.

Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob

PS – I’ve just bought the Pluto Trigger, and like it so much I’ve signed on as an affiliate