Joined: 22 Aug 2013
|Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:58 pm Post subject: Not exactly Macro but fun anyway!!
|This isn't exactly Macro but thought some would like to give it a try.
A rain storm passed by this weekend and I was on the patio cleaning the area and noticed the garden hose slowly dripping into the pool. Hose was sitting on the pool's edge about 6~8" above the water surface. The drops were producing rings expanding on the pool surface.
I have always wanted to try to capture water drops splashing, so I grabbed my D800 which had the 24-70mm lens and got my YN-560IV manual flash and 4 enloops. I set the D800 to full manual and shutter to 1/320 (max flash synch speed), and aperture to f11 for some focus depth, and flash on hot-shoe.
Then estimated I'll need about 1/16 flash power. Took a quick test shot and bingo exposure was about right.
I set the lens to manual focus at 70mm and placed a plastic card (not your good credit card though!!) under the hose, floating on the pool surface. I manually focused on where the drops were hitting the card (use card text to focus on). After the card floated away I started trying to time the drops hitting the pool surface.
Took a couple dozen shots and got some decent ones, tried 1/32 flash power and added 2/3 stop which seemed to be right exposure and took a few more. Later I'm going to use a tripod and off camera flash or two with High Speed Synch, so I can crank the shutter speed down to 1/1000 or less. Generally you want the flash to expose the drops entirely and a fast shutter speed to reduce the ambient light (along with the small aperture).
Anyway, this only took 15 minutes to do, and was fun to boot!!