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Water Arts :  Double colors basic 2 drops collision with reflection by Angela Chan

June 2020 - Water Arts : Double colors basic 2 drops collision with reflection

About the Image(s)

Liquid in basin : Milk base with red food coloring .
Top liquid drops : Plain water with blue food coloring .
A basin that is long enough to allow the camera to focus on both the top and the reflection is required.
A few drops of surfactant (liquid dish soap ) had been added to top liquid to create more water droplets .
First the drop sizes and delay of second drop had been set.
The delay of flash firing is the third variable to create different patterns of water collision.

Note that flash can be aimed at opaque liquid but if the liquid is translucent (plain of only have food coloring in it) then the flash will produce too much glare.
This is a simple 2 drops collision but different colors and angles can produce interesting results too (for me anyway).

In post processing, a brush had been used to brush blue (using white balance) to intensify the color. If you wish to, you can add color using adjustment brush in LR but the color might become more artificial... Generally it is OK to use in non-organic subjects but be careful in nature.

Sony A 6000 90 mm Macro lens ISO 100 4 flashed 1/128 power 1/6 sec

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
Here you have given us is another magnificent drop collision event presented here in a wonderful wash of color. I appreciate the timing that was required to capture this precise moment and an enjoying the color that the different parts have and the reflections you have given us. I find through that the image is too cramped and that the energy imparted by the spreading drops is truncated by your crop choice. To my eye it also feels as though that the image is a bit overexposed and that some of the detail associated with the jet and base is lost some and that there is a "flatness" associated with the images. Finally There is some mottled texture in the background just behind the cap that is a bit bothersome and distracting. It this were my image I would remove that to retain the clear smooth background, and add a bit more contrast. I have tried my hand at some edits to illustrate some of these points. Here I removed the distractions from behind the cap, added a bit of micro contrast to the image, slightly darkened the background and sharpened the collision even a tad. See what you think. You may or my not like the modifications.   Posted: 06/15/2020 14:01:46
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Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The modifications made by Charlie are good and enhance your image. The reflection is very nice and from photographing drops myself, I admire your patience in capturing this image. Aside from getting the side drops, I also would increase the contrast. And add more food coloring, or as I did, use the neon food coloring. It will produce very rich colors.   Posted: 06/18/2020 18:19:21

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you very much, Lynn and Charles.
Once again the tightness if not crop choice but the whole image.
This is an old image and I had been struggling with the correct position of the camera. It is a balance between capturing more detail vs getting a bigger image.
I shall take your suggestions and keep trying.
  Posted: 06/23/2020 10:03:18
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Could you change the aspect ratio, to get both? I you have toe resize, and have PS cc, I would use scaling to maintain the same degree of detail.   Posted: 06/27/2020 15:07:57
Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thanks for the suggestion.
I think that changing the aspect ratio only make in camera crop.
I tried to shoot in 16:9 because I do a lot of videos but find that it is better to crop in editing.
Shall look into it more. Thank you very much.   Posted: 06/28/2020 06:34:25