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Go Easy On Me My first splash photography attempt

Sian

Old Hand
I'm trying to push my boundaries. This is my first ever go at this so be gentle lol.

This was taken with a canon 350D(Rebel XT), a speedlite (that I couldn't figure out out to trigger independently) a reflector and a lot of missed shots.

I had the camera on timer, counted the beeps on the timer so I knew when to drop the strawberry and tried until I got a shot.

I know the framing isn't great so that's something to work on for next time. And I should probably clean the glass too lol.


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Frankinfuji

Here a lot
Looks good! I like the light on the water splashes, and the red stands out well against the black background. Could it be cropped to make the framing more central?

I've not tried this technique yet, but I know that lighting reflective objects can be challenging, and timing must be 'interesting'.
 

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
Nice one Sian .. just tried this myself for the first time yesterday .. .great fun isn't it.
 

Ramble Vision

Mountain Climber
Super Moderator
nice job, looks good, only slight niggle is the placement of the glass being little far to the right, but thats just a small detail, everything else is spot on. you havecaught the splash just right which cant be easy,
 

Sian

Old Hand
nice job, looks good, only slight niggle is the placement of the glass being little far to the right, but thats just a small detail, everything else is spot on. you havecaught the splash just right which cant be easy,
I agree with the framing issue, that's something I'll be more mindfull of next time.
 

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
Also think a diffuser on the flash would make the light a little less intense
 

Sian

Old Hand
Also think a diffuser on the flash would make the light a little less intense
Okay thanks, I did use the diffuser that's on the speedlite, would I be better using something different? What would be best?
 

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
May be a bigger diffuser (or white cloth sheet) would spread the light a bit more .. .just looking at how to stop the flash being too prominent on the glass ... may be move the flash more to the side as there is a very bright bit at the 9 oclock position on your glass.
 

Snips

Always on
Good first time - I have tried this game recently and like to have the fruit suspended in the water before hitting the bottom of the glass and it means there's more splash.

Easier said than done though as I found out! My first attempt was a kiwi fruit into a vase - what a mess!! :)
 

Sian

Old Hand
Good first time - I have tried this game recently and like to have the fruit suspended in the water before hitting the bottom of the glass and it means there's more splash.

Easier said than done though as I found out! My first attempt was a kiwi fruit into a vase - what a mess!! :)
Thank you, I don't follow what you mean about having the fruit suspended giving more splash though? I'm being thick tonight lol
 

rebel06

Looking for a cause.
Moderator
I think Edward means that the fruit looks better if has not reached the bottom of the glass, but I'm not sure that would definitely mean there is more splash.
 

Sian

Old Hand
May be a bigger diffuser (or white cloth sheet) would spread the light a bit more .. .just looking at how to stop the flash being too prominent on the glass ... may be move the flash more to the side as there is a very bright bit at the 9 oclock position on your glass.
I bought one of these today so I will try again when it arrives next week. :)

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GFM

Always on
A few things to consider:

1 - Centre the subject and leave a bit of space around when composing, so that you have a margin for error
2 - Do not point the flash straight at the glass -- instead point it to a card/wall behind the glass and let the card/wall reflect the light back
3 - Use the flash light to freeze the image and not the shutter. Dial down the flash light to 1/32 or 1/64 or 1/128 and the speed will be amazing

GF
 

MoelJills

Member
I think it's a great photo.

People are saying that the framing is off centre. I dont mind that so much though i think it could be looser to make more of a shape out of the glass. If you stood it on a mirror that could be interesting (though i get that you purposely went close to feature the splash... a bit of a tradeoff i guess

The splash is a really nice shape aswell but i find the dribbles of water down the glass a bit distracting. I dont knows if you wiped down the glass in between attempts?

Someone else mentioned a softer light so i wont but overall great shot. I would have been happy with it if i took it.
 
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