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Water drops

Posted by wildwatertv on December 3, 2009

This is the result of experimenting with lighting liquids.  The photographs are standard high speed water drops, but lit in particular ways to make the three dimensional quality of the coloured coronets stand out. Essentially the technique involves lighting the liquid through itself to eliminate any reflections or distracting highlights.  I never get tired of seeing the random nature of these moments in time.  Sometimes what you can’t see is much more beautiful than what you can.  The action is frozen using high speed flash triggered by an infra-red beam and shot through a 1930’s Rapax shutter attached to the front of a Micro-nikkor 105mm f/4 lens.  Very often old equipment is better than new equipment.

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