Make sure you continue on through our group to see how they captured the combination of Splash and Food. Next up is the wonderful Tiffany Dahle from Develop.
I was so excited to see this prompt, Splash, on the list - it has just been one of those things you always want to try out, as a photographer. Now I had an excuse to give it a whirl. Without further ado, here is my official Splash image:
I wanted to try for that beautiful just before sunset light, and have the fluid backlit. And this time, I recruited my husband, Shawn, to help me. I used the continuous shooting mode on the camera and had Shawn drop or pour the object. Since I was using my 85mm lens, I just didn't have the ability to press the shutter AND drop the object myself - my arms simply aren't that long. In retrospect, I should have upped my ISO some more so I could have used a faster shutter to freeze all the motion better. Oops.
We tried pouring in the cream -- not a great splash. It was when we dropped the chocolate in the coffee that we finally made some headway. That makes a mocha, right, so that isn't crazy out of context... right? right?? I also foamed some milk and placed that on top before dropping in the chocolate.
There is a part of you that knows something is going to be challenging. If it were easy, everyone would do it, right? Well...... this was even more challenging than I expected. I actually had three separate photo experiments/shoots for this challenge. But it was simply so much FUN to play and figure out what worked and what didn't. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Here was my first attempt with just water and ice, inside my dining room, just to see how I fared at capturing a splash with the camera. I set up my D90 with the Nikon 85mm f1.8 on my tripod. Used my remote shutter release. These are at a high ISO on my D90 so they have noise, but I needed the higher ISO to make my shutter fast enough to freeze the motion. I had trouble timing the ice drop with the shutter release - I kept missing the splash. Eventually I tried using the delay timer WITH the remote and that is how I captured these. I eventually figured out when to drop the ice with the warning beeps to perfectly capture the splash, by myself.
Not filling the glass all the way seemed to work for a better splash, as well as using 'new' ice each time. If water had touched the ice and 'smoothed' the outside, it would glide in the water instead of making a turbulent impact. And geewiz, did this ever make a MESS!
So for attempt number two, I headed outdoors. I wanted to use coffee, since I'm such a huge coffee fan. First I tried with water, just to test my setup out. The light was not ideal for these, but I was running out of time before the challenge was due, and with the weather what the weather has been here, I had to go with it just in case something better wasn't possible later in the week (which thankfully, it was).
And then... just for giggles, I had to include my bloopers. Apparently, I have severe, severe aim issues. After about the fourth time I missed, I had to just laugh at myself!
Here I was having trouble capturing the right moment. Just a fraction of a second too soon, but I do like the tiny explosion of a splash from that first drop that impacted the coffee.
To finish up, I decided to drop my swiss cake roll right in the hot coffee.
Make sure you continue on to see what Tiffany Dahle from Develop has done to capture a Splash!