Drip, Drip, Drop {33/365}

Spring is feeling more and more like it's around the corner.  Soon April showers will be upon us and May flowers will be gracing our doorsteps. When I think of spring, I think of raindrops.  So I decided to practice a bit of high speed photography.

The setup for this shot was very very simple, however, popping the shutter right on time proved to be the challenge.

I suspended an eyedropper above a dark bottom pan filled with water.  I wanted a gray background so I crumpled up several sheets of white tissue paper and placed a powered down speedlite behind it.  Another snooted speedlite was aimed so the light skimmed just above the water surface, illuminating the sides of the drops.

In order to stop motion, you need a fast shutter speed.  I used a shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second at f11 (if you remember the lesson from yesterday you would know why I chose that f-stop :) ).

Then it became a game of squeezing the eye dropper and popping the camera at the right time - hit or miss.

One could use a laser to trip the shutter, but where's the fun in that? :)

Canon 24-70mm 2.8L - f11 @2000th 400iso   Main: f11 Background: f5.6