Monday, April 27, 2009

Freezing water droplets

After seeing some really nice pictures of water droplets frozen in mid air, I thought it would be cool to take a photo of a wristwatch (what else) with water splashing from its crystal. What watch would be better suited for that than a 243. I mean at least I wouldn't have to worry about the watch being water resistant. It doesn't say 1000 meters on the dial for no reason right?

You can click the photos for a larger version.

My first attempt some months ago didn't involve flash photography. I figured that plenty of light and a very high shutter speed would do the trick. The results were of course very disappointing. It turns out that if you want to freeze water droplets in mid air, it's not the shutter speed that matters, it's all about the duration of your flash bursts. Having just bought a new Nikon SB900 I gave it another go. One speedlight on the left and one on the right. Watch in the kitchen sink underneath the dripping tap and just fire away... The aperture was f9 and the shutter speed probably 1/125th but I can't remember.

Here are two more pictures from my 1st attempt at this, with off-camera flash:

The results are not that great and I didn't care about the background or composition in these shots. I just wanted to try the technique. But it's a start and the two shots in this post came out relatively nice imo. I'll come up with some proper results some time after experimenting some more...

Update 8 May 2009: Have a look at my photos of this watch being dropped into a watertank

All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen

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