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Drop & Splash

Drop & Splash
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Copyright: Ramdan Nain (Ramdan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 688 W: 31 N: 1408] (5765)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Decisive Moment, Experimental
Exposure: f/16, 2 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 18:21
Viewed: 2308
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
1.6 seconds? Yes, 1.6 secs. That’s my shutter speed for this water drops experimental shot. I am not kidding. Here’s some explanation about the experiment I’d done in my ‘kitchen-studio’:

The shutter speed here wasn’t set to capture the frozen water drop and splash. I need an exposure that long enough for me to foretell the timing of the dripping water drop – no specific idea on how to do it but gigabytes of SD/CF memory will surely help to understand :).

Room light was dimmed down after I had confirmed the focus. It needs to be dark to avoid further dripping trail being recorded after the frozen moment of dripping. In this shot, I guess the kitchen wasn’t dark enough since we still can see a bit of dripping trail (should have been easily cloned out, but I opted to leave it untouched)

To freeze the water drop/splash I had used a diffused (using a translucent plastic bowl – don’t laugh at me! yes, a plastic bowl!) and powered down off-camera flash, put about 1ft from the subject. I handheld and had manually triggered the flash test-button to fire the light after the camera self-timed shutter was released, and my guess on the dripping drops timing was about right. A simple DIY (Do-It-Yourself) cardboard snoot (taped to the plastic bowl) was used to enhance the flash zoom, dashing just a bit of light to the base of the splash.

Why so colorful this time? I was using a CD for the dripping base.

Be ready to experiment. Have these in mind: What if I am using a colored liquid, a milk maybe. What if I put a color gel to my flash? What will happen if I trigger the flash from this angle?, and so forth... allow yourself to explore more from the thousands hidden possibilities.

Prepare the set/prop, make a cup of coffee, shoot, shoot, and shoot, and have fun…
rhythmic tunes might help to inspire!


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To boomcat: HiRamdan 1 11-09 03:04
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ciao Ramdan!

WOW! very clear close macro with creative colors!
This is simply amazing!
You are very creative!!
Great work!


Unreal! I gotta read this several times to understand what you have done here! Incredible clarity! Excellent work and experimentation Ramdan! I'm so impressed! I think this is one of your best ever!

this is so nice
i really liked the colors

did u use the ring flash and of which company


Impressive capture!

Colours are awesome and details sharp. Great note too. Good work.



an impressive outcome from a creative mind indeed, Ndan.
you did well so far with your experiments and i like that name 'kitchen studio'.
as we always talk about experimenting, i start collecting props bit by bit.
one thing i surely can't match you - the technical part in the note.
itu latar belakang macam kurang mengancam lah. suram kelam - tidak membantu menaikkan kesempurnaan shot ini.


wah cantik juga ne adhan.. walaupun ngan explaination ko cna masih sa nda buli ngerti and ikut.. betul2 la makin cantik.. suka sa tengok tu kaler yg cantik mcm kena tarik ja.. long exposure gitu tapi ne cuma 1.6.. yg pink tu apa? mcm petal bunga rose saja.. apa pon well done.. excellent work.. tfs.

regards, nong

razor sharp, interesting colors

Hi Ramdan,
it is very creative experimental work indeed,
i am impressed with what you did in your kitchen studio for this incredible result,
i really love the icy, glassy shapes with perfect clarity ans sharpnes,
and thank you very much for the informative note which written step by step like a priscription,
welldone and tfs,
warm regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-09 7:18]

Hello Ramdan, good to see you! A great experiment my friend, it was really worth the trouble, it's amazing, well done!


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-11-12 4:24]

hi Ramdan

Very bold experiment and this is quite similar to studio work. The sharpness you have here is amazingly good. The light control is superb although I prefer the BG color to be different.

Some flaws here like the line of dripping trail and the dust spots.

I would prefer to see natural water color than greenish, or maybe more warm color. Keep shooting!

tfs, bill

Hello Ramdan!
I love this style of images!
Great work and excellent result!
Beautiful colours and reflection, too!
I must try your technique... ;)
Best regards!

PS - thanks for your explanation!

Hi Tamdan,
Very attractive! I view this with admiration and at the same time examine your exposure settings (f/16, 2 seconds, no flash) which are quite different from the settings (f22, 1/200 seconds, flash) that I have tried before on similar drop shots. You have just given me an idea and inspiration to try your settings. But for now, I need to rush to the grocery store and prepare a Thanksgiving meal for tomorrow. My compliments and best regards, Danilo

Salam Ramdan,

I remembered your early work playing with these droplets in your kitchen sink. The passion remains but the result is significantly improved. The speed is very slow but the sharpness is brilliant as you have explained here. The true exposure was probably the timing of the fired flash. Just wondering what lens are you using but the CD reflection is just awesome like when I was working with mercury in the fume cupboard.


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