Winter is almost started in Green Bay and shooting table top shot is best idea when you don't find more opportunities to shoot outdoor. So this weekend I tried to shoot water drops on the CD/DVD.
I used two different lighting techniques to get the exposures and both have different results. The first one I used a slow a shutter speed and did a light painting to shoot the drops. Its simple, easy and fun to try the various lighting angles to paint the water drops. I used LED flash light in a dark room with a shutter speed of 10-15 sec.
Set up is very simple, you need:
- Tripod to avoid camera shake
- A flash light a dropper/syringe to put the water drops on CD/DVD
- CD/DVD - I found DVD gives better results as the light reflected from DVD surface is more dense and cool than CD surface.
- Use self timer so as to avoid shake due to shutter release pressure.
For below shots I used my Vivitar flash (Vivitar DF383) with 1/16th power and a shutter speed between 1/160-1/200sec. I wanted to get the bouncing water drop but it was not as simple as I thought because on DVD surface water do not bounce it just splash. In this case, I used shutter release cable to avoid camera shake. Hope you enjoyed the pics.
Here is the setup shot: