First Try at Water Splash Photography

For the longest time I’ve wanted to try water splash photography. I was holding myself back, since I stubbornly refused to buy a real flash and remote transmitter. Instead I decided I’d use the flash on my Nikon D5300 and see what happened. The results weren’t good.

So I found a relatively cheap Neewer unit with remote transmitter/receiver bundle (somewhere around $80 I think), and gave it a try.

I’m pretty pleased with the results. I setup using a large glass bowl, a little blue and red food coloring, and a splash of milk to cloud the water. I used a big beverage dispenser with a tap to set the water drop frequency I wanted.

For most of these shots I used these settings: 1/200, f/11, ISO 100. For some shots I used f/14. I used some red colored tins to hold the drop dispenser (and also added a bit of randomness to the backdrop, which as nice). I will definitely try this again, hopefully over the Christmas break.

Feel free to send any feedback or suggestions. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Blue Hour on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge

I’m not quite to the point in my photography where I know for sure a shoot will go exactly as I imagine. But a while back that’s what happened while shooting from a rooftop vantage point in downtown Baton Rouge.

And I had the added bonus of enjoying family time and an excellent meal at Tsunami, a spectacular downtown restaurant.

It was really nice to set up my Nikon D5300 and my tripod and shoot away. I got some nice sunset shots looking west across the Mississippi River, but this one I think is my favorite. I would have liked to zoom in a bit, but I was shooting with my 30mm Sigma. Still, not bad.

Old Man River at Blue Hour

Splash Photography

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try water splash photography during a brief (but pretty strong!) thunderstorm. This was my first real try at this, and that pretty much spur of the moment.

I picked a spot where the water runs off one of the ridges on our roof line, positioned the camera and tripod, and went to work. I used the self timer and then got in place. A couple of comments on my own shooting/setup – I don’t have a speed light, and I think that could’ve helped freeze the water. I think I’ll pick up one soon and try some different projects.

Make sure to have at least one towel nearby – you’ll need one for you, and for the camera body and tripod. If you need to clean water from your lens (and you probably will) it’s best to use the right kind of lens cleaning cloth. I was soaked, and was pretty happy to have a towel right there.

After I got my shots, just a quick trip into Lightroom to crop and export.

No great technique or post processing, just some fun trying something different.