Finally going through my tremendous backlog of photos – these were taken almost 2 months ago at +Tim Buerger 's workshop.  

It was great fun – and super messy!  As you can probably imagine, timing is (one of) the toughest things with these kinds of shots.  Catching the "perfect moment" is very tricky.  Even when you start getting the timing right, you can't exactly control how the "model" (cherry) or water drop will fall.  So you shoot, and you shoot – and you shoot some more.

All in all though, this was not just a practice in getting the lighting and the timing right, but also an exploration of creativity, figuring out what you can do to get the effects and lighting you want.  That's something I definitely need to work on personally so this workshop was a good step in the right direction. 🙂

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  • August 16, 2012 - 00:16 | Permalink

    Great man, keep the experimenting on, I always get inspired by these things 🙂

  • August 16, 2012 - 00:34 | Permalink

    Thanks +holger feroudj !  Good luck to you as well 🙂

  • August 16, 2012 - 00:50 | Permalink

    Yeah, yesterday I found a flash I liked in Fujiya Camera – so now I'm saving money 😛

  • August 16, 2012 - 00:51 | Permalink

    How much was it?  You should get it asap since good flashes seem to get snapped up very fast.  I'm still looking to get another one myself as well 😛

  • August 16, 2012 - 00:58 | Permalink

    Oh it's the Canon version of this Nissin strobe I always wanted… would have bought it right on the spot but I seriously just don't have the money, no matter how cheap they make it 🙁

  • August 16, 2012 - 01:01 | Permalink

    You've got a Canon?  For some reason, I remember you have a Nikon… or are you just planning to use it solely off camera?

  • August 16, 2012 - 01:04 | Permalink

    Nah I'm a Canon user! Sort of sad about it (not really :P) because after I came to Japan all the people I meet are Nikon users so there's no easy "can you let me try that lens/strobe/enterequipmentnamehere for a bit?" haha

    And I want to use it as my main strobe, off-camera, on-camera, everything 🙂

  • August 16, 2012 - 01:33 | Permalink

    Good incentive to switch to Nikon +holger feroudj !  😉
    Just kidding, I know both Canon and Nikon have great cameras, I went the Nikon route since my brother is also a Nikon user and same as you mention, I wanted to be able to swap out with him whenever I wanted 🙂

  • August 16, 2012 - 02:26 | Permalink

    Awesome shots 😀  It's good to see them on the interwebs.

  • August 16, 2012 - 02:28 | Permalink

    Thanks +Tim Buerger , can't believe it's already been almost 2 months since the workshop!

  • August 16, 2012 - 02:43 | Permalink

    Me, either. I feel like it should still be January.

  • August 16, 2012 - 04:48 | Permalink

    Very nice

  • August 16, 2012 - 04:57 | Permalink

    Thanks +Radovan Bavol !

  • August 16, 2012 - 06:48 | Permalink

    This is incredibly cool. I need to try more of those… no idea how though 🙂

  • August 16, 2012 - 06:59 | Permalink

    Thanks +Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin 🙂
    It's fairly straight forward, though you need patience, and must not mind getting messy!  Probably good to start with a water drop shot (there are lots of tutorials online), and start from there – all you need is a bowl of water and ideally off-camera flash (and a macro lens if possible).  It's also easier if you have 2 people (someone to drop the water from an eyedropper), or else you need a remote trigger for your camera if you drop the water yourself.

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