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Copyright: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 907 W: 222 N: 1906] (7569)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Action
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 28-135 f3.5-5.6 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things To Try, Tips and Techniques, My Photoshop Tutorials, My Water Splashes, Lens Lover's Award, 100 points or more!!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-26 10:26
Viewed: 5686
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TL friends:
Last evening my friends [Vishal & Priyadershini]  invited me over for dinner. I have been helping Vishal about photography. In fact he is about to buy a digital SLR next week. So what you see here was our after-dinner fun play with camera.
General notes: We set the camera on a Tripod. The Speed-light flash was mounted on a strobeframe about 8 inches over camera with an attached bounce card at 30 degrees. ISO was set to 400 in order to get a faster shutter speed of 1/250 sec. and at F/5. We disabled auto focus on the lens [Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Lens]. This we did in order to have our focus predetermined by us and not by camera. The camera has an option for multiple or Continuous speed shots. This means that you hold the shutter release button down and the camera will take several shots in a quick succession. These were all the tricks in my hat.
Vishal dropped the walnut in to this colored water. Here is the first shot that we took.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-05-26 10:29]
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Dear David
I have to tell you that your phot and your notes are so outstanding that they really ought to win all kinds of prizes.
Brilliant work

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  • pathy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 35 N: 64] (1740)
  • [2007-05-26 10:30]
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joli travail d'artiste photographe! beau résutat à l'arrivée bravo !

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-05-26 10:41]
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WOW David
1st shot you are so lucky.. I have been trying for a drop for months.. lol
really wonderful color and detail.. as always notes are so helpful.. thanks


Hi David,
What a great shot, excellent colour and sharpness, great use of lighting too.
Am I glad I read your notes, for a minute I thought you had wasted good alcohol LOL

Well done
Tfs Andy

Hello David!
Very beautiful detail and nice colours, clarity and perspective!
Excellent done!

Hi David,
Great capture; wonderful done and very nice info's
TFS and have a nice weekend

Hi David! well timed and well done. always been wanting to have water shots such as these. TFS!

Hi David,
A excellent photo with great use of technique capturing the splash perfectly. Great work on the lighting and keeping the details in the right spot. It is a pity that you got a little bit of noise in the shaded area and that the top of the splash in cut by the frame.

Good evening David,

Superb capture, I tried this a few weeks ago, my camera wont flash on multiple shots so I gave up. I did try in daylight but i dropped the ice cube and it seemed like two hours later before the shutter started clicking. I think I need to wait until I get new camera before I try again!.

I like the colours chozen here and the walnut was an excellent idea... (my ice kept melting)

TFS and my best wishes for your friend has his embarks on his photography hobby... I do hope you warned him of the addiction :-)

regards Helen

Hello david,
You make me thirsty!
Moment is very well captured, excellent details...
Pablo -

Magníficos detalles y espectaculares colores.
Un saludo, JL.

Hellop David,
The execution of the shot sounds far too complicated for me to grasp, especially at midnight, but the result of this complicated shot is just remarkable! I need say no more than that!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi David,
Wow, well captured! Wonderful sharpness and detail and a lovely colour! Looks great against the dark background. I must try this one day! Well done and TFS Great notes too!
Cheers Tina :-)

Absolutely incredibly cool pov here great capture, even the framing is cool! WOW! TFS

Wow! . . Great shot. Raight moment to capture it. You did very well.
Lovely lighting and composition.


Hi David,
Very creative and dinamic shot.Well presented.TFS.
Best regards.


Wow, first shot, you are so lucky.
I have tried many times to get a water drop shot, unsuccessfully!

I love the way you have captured the frozen moment in time.
I also like the contrasting colours.
Well done, Tfs Tracey

Few things I like about this one:
1. Good clear colours of the water,
2. Good sharpness of the spalhing water around,
3. Good framing that goes well with the clean and almost distortion free background,
4. And the thin frame that matches the water colour.

Well done David.

Hi David, original and elegant composition, great timing to capture in perfect way the splash, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi David,
excellent timing and capture.
Beautiful colors and sharpness,well done my friend.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-05-27 9:37]
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Hi David,
nice timing on this one, hope there was not to much of a mess to clean up ;-).
Great lighting and wonderful colors and textures.
You stopped the action in midair and achived excellent sharpness.

I like it! Really nice catch! Alot of work, ruining a perfectly good drink! HAHAHA! Very nice shot here David! Now, see if you can drop an elephant into a swimming pool! HAHAHA!
I'll be back.............

Hi David :o)
Great artwork ! Lovely movement with nice colours and light. Very well done my friend :o) Tchin ;o)

Fantastic composition and saturation.
Nice work.
compliments bye Aga

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-05-27 11:46]
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Hello David!
Very beautiful detail and nice colours, clarity and perspective!
Excellent done!

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  • ma-at Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 3 N: 187] (1372)
  • [2007-05-27 12:33]
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Excellent - I can't find anythng to say that hasn't been said by the others - just perfect!

Hi David,
interesting idea and presentation. I like very much how you captured the spilling liquid, but I wonder... what about your host table-cloth :) Good one David! Congrats!

Kindly regards,

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-05-27 15:08]
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Hello David,
Excellent tehnique photo. Wonderful effect of the picture where you show. That is a wonderful composition. Very good contrasts. Beautiful thanks to and greetings.

Well done1 The colour is very good and the photo show a moment in time not available to the eye.

Hi David. The thing that I like most about yourwork is the detailed notes you always supply. Far too many on this site either don't bother or want to hide the facts. Excellent timing, good colour and light and fine focus. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Foggy Days I’

Wonderful stop action David. Very colorful and refreshing. Thanks for the lesson. Great job. :) Your friend is very lucky to have you so close. Great framing too.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-05-27 23:26]
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Hi David...

Beautifu shot and well done.
Gratulations, George

Hi david,
Beautiful shot and timing, good note too.
Wonderful frozen moment.
Is it wiskey or tea?


Very nice capture. Beautiful colors reflecting off the clouds. Nicely composed.

Fantatis catch on right monent! Love the light playing with the liquid! Welldone David
* pl

Namaste David,
that's marvelous - sure I love those kind of shots - water, drops, action - fantastic.
I see you had a lot of fun together - next time please make a shot of you 3 so we also know your faces a little better ;-)
Thanks and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hola David,
un trabajo genial,
un disparo excelente,
magnífico control...
los tonos cálidos agradables,

David, what an amazing job, outstanding picture and fantastic note. In Holland a 10 is the highest score you can get, so from me you get a 10+!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-05-28 11:39]
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Hello David,
Well composed photo.That is fantastic with lovely colors and structur, what always occurs to you, therefore hat off. Thanks to for this so good photographic work.
Well done.

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  • Konie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 29 N: 298] (3006)
  • [2007-05-29 8:21]
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Another good work David. I love the color of the liquid and its sharpness. Very well done and thanks for sharing the technique.


Cheers David.
Excellent action you did on this. Good job.
Glad its not a glass of whisky, that would have been spoiling a good drink. lol
Greetings, Jan

Hello David,
I would have preferred to see the whole glass, but that doesn't diminish my appreciation of this difficult to shoot. Wonderful splash, colors are true, and with good exposure. Best wishes, Danilo

Hi David,
Great shot! It looks like a "honey animal" jumping out of the glass. Perfect sharpness and detail.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2007-05-30 12:46]
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great moment you nailed...
very beautiful image...
my congratulations David...

Hi David,
Excellent shot and I'm very thankfull for the explanation of your photo set up, it makes me think and gives me the inspiration to try this too. The expiriment is a total succes! My compliments a nice commercia add in a glossy worthy!

Hi David, interesting shot, for sure! Well done. TFS. How much for a drink? ;)

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  • lion Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 549 W: 64 N: 24] (5600)
  • [2007-05-30 17:11]
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I like your idea and the moment you captured.

Hello David,
Wonderful capture!!! Creative, colorful, detailed, and nice framing.
A job well done.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-05-30 21:48]
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Is great splash David, well done. I have done that with clear water a few weeks ago and results... not so good but you did perfect.
thank you so much for this shot, may be I'll try one more time:)
Regards - Tom

Hello David.
Yes you have a great one here. Sharp and a quick 'shutter' did the trick, TFS

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-05-31 21:18]
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Hi David ,
Superb shot. How did you manage it so well.
Eevery thing is working for you here, and very lovely presentation as well!!!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-06-02 3:58]
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Hi David.
Interesting experiment and worth to be on the picture. Well presented and composed. Choosen good colors. Simply and effective.
Janek Kloss

Wonderful. Excellent sharpness and details.
Thank you for the tips.

A walnut! In summer i prefer a cube of ice :)
But i enjoy the experience! It practically a persona... We see the splash awake and emerge an arm out of the glass... Don't you see it's sign... Come and Drink me!!

Hello David,
A very effective and successful shot; thanks for sharing your secrets with us! Refreshing and fascinating . . .
All the best,

Hi David. Good to see this creative capture. It looked like whisky but fortunately you mentioned coloured water only! Good timing to get this action photo. TFS. Murray.

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Hi David,
what a neat shot, I never noticed the walnut until I read your notes and I was trying to figure how you got the liquid to splash like that an take the photo too..:o) Great effect. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks also for your comments on my photo " First Waltz (14) " :o)

:o) Later

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-07-05 11:58]

very nice David. excellent timing and tones. perfect capture
and quality. Tfs.


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2007-07-05 18:47]

Hi David,
Extra special on this one- Well captured, perfect colors- nice display. Very very artistic. TFS Julie

Good tricks. I'll try them someday. Thanks for sharing, and I like how you've captured this splash of water.

Hello David,
educative image and great note.

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2007-07-17 15:39]

David I dont know what is more interesting - your phots or your explainations of how you accomplished them. I copied this explaination to try the tricks later. Clarity and composition are top flight.


Additionally, thanks for the positive comments on the orange pepper.

WOW!! Wonderful foto!!
Best regards

I love it. Excellent Still life.

Wooow David, extremely great timing and focus.Thanks for explaining, as allways.TFS

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