The theme for this week’s photographic challenge is ‘Water Splash’.
You can either pour into a glass, a red wine glass is perfect as you can get a good swirling effect plus a splash. Or, you can drop things such as sliced fruit or vegetables into a tub of water. If you have a big enough tub or clean fish tank to use you can drop whole fruits or vegetables in to it.
It is essential to have a strong light source for this type of high-speed photography so an off-camera flash would be preferable. If you don’t have an external flash or speed light, you can use any other strong continuous light source.
Set up a dark background as it tends to show up the water splashes better. Or, if you colour the water you can have a lighter background. Set the light fairly close to one side of the subject you are shooting and make sure it is diffused slightly. On the other side you can set up a reflector to bounce the light from the light source back on to the other side of the subject. If you do not own a reflector, cover a piece of cardboard with silver foil.
Remember to clean the glass from water droplets in between every shot. Dirty glass can ruin your image and create a lot more work for you in post processing. Also, if pouring into a glass have the glass fixed to something at an approximate 45-degree angle. It seems to give the more pleasing splash and swirl in and out of the glass.
There will be lot of trial and adjustments as you go along, but you want to keep your shutter speed high around the 1/1000 or more to help freeze the motion. The bright light will help with this and an aperture of around f/8-f/11 should give you enough depth of field during the pour or splashes. ISO may be around 200-400.
To focus, place a spoon in the center of the glass or water container. Keep it upright and use autofocus. Once you focus on it switch to manual focus and remove the spoon. This should help keep your picture sharp.
Last but not least, have a bowl or bucket and towels at hand to catch and wipe up any spills.
Now it’s time for you to get experimental and show us your own splash photography pictures.
Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.