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Nexu
11-15-2006, 04:29 PM
You all know the one I'm talking about, the drip of water is captured either falling or just after it has made contact with a puddle.

What types of settings are needed to take that picture (given good natural sunlight and you are standing nice and close to the "drip")?

Is that pretty much impossible on a point and shoot camera?

UncleHorns
11-15-2006, 05:47 PM
A little Google-Fu found this (http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/556). Best of luck.

gmtech79
11-15-2006, 06:28 PM
Google-Fu:) :) Google-Fu ROFL!!


Perfect timing and a camera with real fast continuous shooting mode. I did it when I had my S3 but timing had to be perfect. An SLR would make it easier.

Honest Gaza
11-15-2006, 08:45 PM
...an example from Canon 400D

tim11
11-15-2006, 10:38 PM
Good shot Gaza. Looks like you are having loads of fun with your new 400D.
I think I can recognise the park.

Honest Gaza
11-16-2006, 02:45 AM
Good shot Gaza. Looks like you are having loads of fun with your new 400D.
I think I can recognise the park.

Yes Tim....you might recognise a duck or two.....and the Swans have gotten bigger.

Nexu
11-16-2006, 06:41 AM
I tried setting up a water drip scenario in the sink and I don't think my point and shoot camera (Nikon L5) can capture a great pic. The times I get lucky and capture the drop either in the air or making contact with the surface water below (coffee cup :p), I get too much blur.

Oh well, I'll keep taking pictures and perhaps enough situations like this will motivate me to get a better camera.

tim11
11-16-2006, 03:08 PM
I tried setting up a water drip scenario in the sink and I don't think my point and shoot camera (Nikon L5) can capture a great pic. The times I get lucky and capture the drop either in the air or making contact with the surface water below (coffee cup :p), I get too much blur.
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Did you notice Honest Gaza capture his drops at 1/500sec? I don't think anyone's kitchen is lit up enough to have that sort of light. Unless your house is lighted up like a night stadium.

Nexu
11-16-2006, 05:04 PM
Sorry I'm a noob. :(

Thanks for pointing that out though, as I didn't realize how important that was. And now I'm going about learning why its so important :)

I imagine my point and shoot is limited and won't get that high/fast?

Nexu
11-16-2006, 05:28 PM
Aha!

So after a little playing around (a new high powered led flashlight placed about 1 inch from a spoon in the sink) and I shot a pic at 1/497.

So I put the flashlight about 6 inches from the spout and got this pic:

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b260/IamNexu/DSCN0025.jpg

Not a great pic really, but its what I'm learning that counts.


1/99 sec
and ISO 79 though

It sure is fun playing around with this stuff. I can see where I might have to upgrade to a more manual camera sooner rather than later ;)

tim11
11-16-2006, 06:13 PM
Aha!
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Not a great pic really, but its what I'm learning that counts.
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What's important is you understand the principle. A camera with high enough shutter speed will capture a bullet in motion mid air :eek: (from the side - mind you).

As a side note: water fall shots can be taken with reverse but similar principle. Slow shutter speed and a tripod.

Nexu
11-16-2006, 06:21 PM
shutter speed is the ISO-79 part right?

Here is my last couple attempts:

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b260/IamNexu/DSCN0057.jpg

same pic cropped:

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b260/IamNexu/DSCN0057-1.jpg

F/2.9
1/313
ISO-79

Seems the only way I can take these pics is in my macro mode at which my ISO speed stays way down.

Wesan
11-16-2006, 06:26 PM
Did you notice Honest Gaza capture his drops at 1/500sec? I don't think anyone's kitchen is lit up enough to have that sort of light. Unless your house is lighted up like a night stadium.

What about using the flash, then? If it's possible to sync the flash to a shutter speed of 1/250 or 1/500 second, maybe that works?

Wesan
11-16-2006, 06:34 PM
shutter speed is the ISO-79 part right?

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F/2.9
1/313
ISO-79

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The shutter speed is the 1/313 part. ISO is something else. The ISO comes from the film cameras and tells the sensitivity of the film. The higher ISO number the more sensitive is the film (to light). This means that a higher ISO allows you to use higher shutter speed when there is less light. It works the same way on digital cameras - higher ISO lets you use higher shutter speeds. But higher ISO numbers usually also make your pictures look more grainy or noisy (as they call it on digital cameras). And different digital cameras handles high ISO numbers differently. Some give you very noisy pictures at higher ISOs and on some you can use pretty high ISO without getting too much noise in the pictures.

Hope this helps. :)

Honest Gaza
11-17-2006, 01:27 AM
Some attempts indoors....

ISO 1600
1/1000 secs
f/4.5

Honest Gaza
11-17-2006, 01:29 AM
couple more

toriaj
11-17-2006, 06:49 PM
You really nailed it with that last shot!

RichNY
11-17-2006, 07:24 PM
Great shots and time to install a water softner :)

Honest Gaza
11-17-2006, 10:56 PM
Great shots and time to install a water softner :)

Why the water softener ??????

Don't be confused by the colour of the spout....this is from my cappucino machine (another love of my life :D ).

T06
11-18-2006, 10:18 PM
What's important is you understand the principle. A camera with high enough shutter speed will capture a bullet in motion mid air :eek: (from the side - mind you).

Wouldn't it be easier/more time as it's coming towards you, j/k, j/k.:D

adam75south
11-19-2006, 10:25 AM
24-70mm f/2.8
f/2.8 1/500s ISO 320 @ 70mm

http://www.dallasriders.com/photography/rain/IMG_9364.jpg

cloose
11-19-2006, 10:45 AM
1/200, f/8, ISO 1600, built in flash. (kit lens)

The flash really does help to freeze the shot.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p12/cloose12/0611080004b.jpg

Nexu
11-19-2006, 12:37 PM
that is awesome cloose.

tim11
11-19-2006, 07:25 PM
What about using the flash, then? If it's possible to sync the flash to a shutter speed of 1/250 or 1/500 second, maybe that works?
I have no idea Wesan. Will you have a go and show us all?



Wouldn't it be easier/more time as it's coming towards you, j/k, j/k.:D
I"m still waiting for the last guy who attempt this front on 'in your face' approach to show me his photo. I don't know what takes him so long though. :D

forno
11-19-2006, 07:35 PM
Why the water softener ??????

Don't be confused by the colour of the spout....this is from my cappucino machine (another love of my life :D ).

You know Gazz, your alright...............for a Sydneysider:D

Wesan
11-19-2006, 07:57 PM
I have no idea Wesan. Will you have a go and show us all? (---)

Looks like cloose beat me to it - see his post above with the "apple splash". :)

cloose
11-19-2006, 10:28 PM
that is awesome cloose.

Thank you.

tim11
11-20-2006, 02:53 AM
You know Gazz, your alright...............for a Sydneysider:D
Mates. Since when did Victorians drink cappucino at a footie match?
:confused:

Wesan
11-20-2006, 02:55 AM
24-70mm f/2.8
f/2.8 1/500s ISO 320 @ 70mm

http://www.dallasriders.com/photography/rain/IMG_9364.jpg

I like this one. :)

David Metsky
11-20-2006, 07:24 AM
This thread inspired me to try this with my S3 last night. So far, no results good enough to show, but it's good to push the envelope and hopefully learn something about your camera and photography in general.

-dave-

adam75south
11-20-2006, 03:12 PM
thanks wesan.

couple more from the same day....both shot at 70mm. not sure the rest.

big crop on this one...50+ percent. i think i did a bit of oversharpening on this one.
http://www.dallasriders.com/photography/rain/IMG_9415.jpg

http://www.dallasriders.com/photography/rain/IMG_9606.jpg

Zigtek
11-21-2006, 09:23 AM
Here's my first attempt with my new H5 (still don't know what I'm doing yet)
Only thing I did to it was crop out some of the sink !

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g159/Zigtek/DSC00328.jpg

Honest Gaza
11-22-2006, 01:51 AM
Mates. Since when did Victorians drink cappucino at a footie match?
:confused:

It's ok Tim....some Mexicans south of the border are harmless :D

By the way Tim....what are you like at handling a Cappucino machine ?
I get my knee reconstruction on Monday.....and since you know where I live.....:o

I apologise in advance to everyone for the 200 photos of my ceiling that I'll start posting from next week :p

ktixx
11-22-2006, 07:18 AM
The infamous "Water Drip" is actually a lot more complicated then it seems. Usually these are done with SLR's, external flashes and either an infrared trigger or a sound trigger. Basically you set the kit up so that the trigger is attached to your external flash and in line with the path of the water drop and your camera is on a tripod. You set up the shot however you want (ie: zoom in, adjust the tripod, etc). Then you set the delay on the trigger (sound or infrared). Finally, turn off the lights and using bulb mode on your camera, open the shutter. When the water drop crosses the infrared beam or when the drop hits the water and mades a sound the flash will be triggered and the image will be captured by the camera. This takes a lot of practice in properly setting the delay, properly setting the flash power, getting the correct angles, etc. etc. Believe it or not, the equipment isn't really that expensive if you make it yourself, but can get up into the thousands of dollars for real professional stuff.

For just a little more information: Read up on Harold Eugene Edgerton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Edgerton) he was the father of high speed photography as is mentioned above.

And here is a link/tutorial on how to get the perfect "Spash" Shots: http://courses.ncssm.edu/hsi/splashes/methods.htm

Hope this helps,
Ken

forno
11-23-2006, 02:13 PM
It's ok Tim....some Mexicans south of the border are harmless :D

By the way Tim....what are you like at handling a Cappucino machine ?
I get my knee reconstruction on Monday.....and since you know where I live.....:o

I apologise in advance to everyone for the 200 photos of my ceiling that I'll start posting from next week :p

Meh, footie is for yobs and capucino is for girls/sydnesiders:D :D



Good luck with the knee Gazza;)

tim11
11-23-2006, 04:41 PM
Another knee construction? Didn't you just have one a few months back Gaza?

Honest Gaza
11-23-2006, 06:18 PM
Another knee construction? Didn't you just have one a few months back Gaza?

Nah....that was just the arthroscopy to tidy it up before my HK trip.

The real McKoy happens next week :(

SanD
11-23-2006, 08:33 PM
Awesome shots, this is too cool, I have to go try this with my camera now. I just got my camera and my dogs are sick of sitting and waiting for their photo shoot. I love how creative everyone on this site is.

I love the one with the apple way cool.