Freezing water? Stopping drops.

I was sat yesterday waiting for 20GB of images to transfer from cards whilst Time machine backed up another 60GB. I had half an hour to fill so I took the opportunity to drop some things in water and shoot the results.

Ideally this technique would require a very precise setup, with stands and timers and a drip system. Not an investment for everyone. I wanted to show you that you can get some great results at home, with equipment you already have. It just takes some patience.

No. A lot of patience.

The white coloured drops are milk in water, I particularly like the last shot, which to me, is clearly an owl.

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For these shots I used a Nikon D700 with a 70-300mm lens set at minimum focus distance (1.5m) at about 200mm. I later cropped down to get these web friendly images.

For these shots it’s critical that you can freeze the motion of the water so a high shutter speed is vital. The fastest Sync speed of the D700 is 1/250s but when using the flash to command a pair of SB-800 speedlights set on Manual mode, any shutter speed can be used.

I opted for 1/2000s f8, ISO400 with two speedlights at full power at 45% left and right.

The D700 was fixed on a sturdy tripod and release with a Yongnuo remote. These remotes are magic, I would definitely suggest checking them out before spending hundreds on pocket wizards. You may not need them.