Ocean Water in a Glass
I took a page from a youtube tutorial on Splash Photography for this week’s theme on “Water“. I figured by Jay’s Facebook link share this week he was going to have a go with photographing water drops so I thought I would try something different.
I was researching how to do these type of techniques, many call for an flash trigger of some sort (i.e. audio, laser, sound) which I don’t have, but then I came across this fairly primitive technique. At first, I had doubts that it would really work out, compounded by the DIY setup I had rigged up with regular household stuff (the only thing I bought was some vellum film and some food colouring). You will probably get a good laugh when you see the setup below, LOL. I took about 5 tries at this (each time having to empty the water, clean out the glass, wipe up spilled water, reset the composure and focus). With the shutter cranked to 1/1000 sec, I basically using the rapid fire on my camera, triggered by a wired remote while pouring the water from above. Light source was from a 100W incandescent bulb behind vellum film.
I shot in RAW and did some tweaks in Lightroom to bring some punch and to correct the yellowish incandescent bulb light source to a cooler tone. Looking back, I supposed I should have checked and corrected white balance via in-camera, which may have given better results. The one thing I don’t like about this technique is that the high ISO adds a lot of grain (which I corrected for in the Lightroom) but overall, I was pretty impressed with the results and would definitely recommend trying this for yourself.
Here’s the first try using just plain water. Which one do you like better?
Here’s the set-up shot, using very primitive DIY equipement:
Lighting: 1) used electrical tape to attach a spatula to a reading light (on a floor lamp), 2) attach the wine glass to the spatula with same tape, 3) attach vellum film with paper clips to a wire frame from an Ikea lamp and attach it to the floor lamp, add light source behind vellum film via another floor lamp (100 W incandescent light bulb in this case).
Props: measuring cup, wine glass, bucket, cardboard tray, food colour.
Equipment: Canon 60D, Canon 28mm f1.8 lens, wired trigger.
EXIF: 28mm @ 1/1000 sec, f4.5, ISO2000.