I've been playing with variations of shooting kinetic stuff in water for a couple of weeks and I'm having a great time with it. With the water drop shots, I have progressed to shooting them with various colored dyes but so far the simplicity and symmetry of the uncolored pure water shots more appeal to me.
I really like the 1st shot which is about 1/100th of a second after a drop has struck. I'm amazed at the depth of detail and structure that lasted far less than a blink in this small thing. The amazing thing is that the forms of physical phenomena repeat over many orders of magnitude in size, that's what is meant by fractal. A comet impacting in the Pacific Ocean would have a similar pattern. Whether or not a 5-mile-long beer bottle impacting the Pacific at 30 miles per second would have a pattern similar to the last shot is open to question. ;-)
Here are a couple of shots.
I love photography and sometimes manage to capture some amazing pictures ,but your pictures never cease to amaze me they are phenominal, and I really enjoy them when you post. Keep up the great work you are truly an artist.
Nice Tom, always nice work. How many of those Ale's were consumed in the process to get the LABEL shot ? LOL
Happily, Arrogant Bastard Ale is very expensive and so I didn't drink a bunch of them during the pursuit of this picture.
Originally Posted by Roger T
I agree with Steelhead. It is a PLEASURE to view your images. It continually ceases to amaze me how crisp, sharp, and how you get the lighting just rite to create those stunning images.
Originally Posted by Steelhead1
I agree, keep it up.
Lovely Tom, thank you
Very nice work....uncommon quality Thanks for sharing
The man is a true artist. The Camera is his paint brush. I,ve dabbled a little in photography in the past. It takes years of experience to be able to capture the desired effects depicted in those Photos. Bravo!
Amazing images, Tom. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us. -Al
Thanks guys, the way my rifle shooting has gone recently it's good to shoot something decently.
Maybe this new barrel waiting on me.
These days I make my living as a commercial/industrial photographer instead of optical engineering. I was just curious as to which IR beam triggering and delay device you use Tom and how short a flash duration is involved.
PS Would the Tom D be for Tom Dickson the same man who designed and built that amazing looking rail gun illustrated in Tony Boyers book ?
No triggering device other than my finger. I improvised a jig to fix the dropper in 3 dimensions and found that after a warm up period I can get what I want 50%+ of the time. Without the jig, forget it.
Originally Posted by Andy Cross
Don't know the exact flash duration. I was using a couple of remotely triggered flashes and kept dialing the flash compensation back until I got something usable. I was negative 3 stops on flash compensation for these. The histograms didn't show any clipping so it was easy to compensate.
No, not that Tom D, I'm Tom Dulaney, now of West Florida but from North Georgia for most of my life. Got a lot of photos here and there on the net but they're all under TomD77.
Last edited by TomD; 07-31-2012 at 10:32 AM.
Short duration stuff
Ah the reason I asked is because I know how difficult photography like this can be. It reminded me of a shoot I had to do for a greeting card Co. Make a splash for Christmas was the theme. Dropping Christmas tree ornaments into coctail glasses filled with water and getting the results the art director would sign off for would have been almost impossible without the short duration flash and the various triggering and delay devices. Six different shots around that theme in the day.