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Challenge: Free Study 2010-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: France, Paris
Date: Feb 25, 2010
Aperture: 13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0,6 sec
Galleries: Water, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2010

Thank you all ! I am very proud of this ribbon. Its colour even fits my photo :-)


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2 droplets of milk colliding in a cup of coffee.

This was shot in a dark room, using a 0.6 second exposure time, along with a flash in stroboscopic mode. This is why you can see the evolution of the collision. In fact, the droplets on the upper part of the photo are not different ones, but the very same one falling down, and captured by the flash burst at various positions.

Gear and settings:
- Canon 5D mark II, Shutter priority mode, 0.6 sec, ISO 100
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, f/13, 200mm, manual focus, IS off
- Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Stroboscopic mode, 4 bursts @100Hz, 1/32
- Synchro made using a StopShot module from Cognisys

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 379
Avg (all users): 7.1149
Avg (commenters): 8.5625
Avg (participants): 6.9817
Avg (non-participants): 7.4872
Views since voting: 10206
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 148
Comments: 64
Favorites: 61 (view)


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03/29/2010 08:44:39 PM
Thank you for your response Christophe - I really appreciate it. I have been trying something like this..and 4 evenings and over 1500 shots haven't netted me anything worthwhile (or reasonably close to something that I'd be happy with)...

I'm going to order an IR trigger device like that StopShot module, and hopefully that'd reduce the trial-and-error ratio.

Great image!
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03/25/2010 03:05:26 AM
Sorry for the late reply Manav, didn't see your question until now.

1. The cup is quite small, it's an espresso cup. I tried also with a bigger cup (like for tea) but the droplets and splashes were just too small when compared to it.
2. Again, the trick is to use a small cup, so that everything looks big :-) I was also using a 25mm macro tube along with the 200mm lens, so that I could focus from much nearer and fill the frame. About the droplets' shape, honestly I'm not sure... they just came out that way. Probably due to the shape of the small "funnel" from where the droplets were falling.

Hope this helps!
03/21/2010 11:44:27 PM
I have a last couple of questions if you don't mind :-) (I've been trying to setup this shot in my basement and after spending a couple of hours, I need to clarify a few things):

1. How big is that cup?
2. How're you getting the drops to be perfectly spherical / symmetrical and more importantly, so big! (I've been trying with water and the drops don't seem to have a smooth spherical shape)?

Thank you!

Manav
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03/13/2010 11:20:03 AM
you upped the ante on this one. drop shots have been amazing around here but now this. not just an amazing capture of the drop itself but an overall beautiful image. nice work. congratulations.
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03/10/2010 03:41:54 AM
Lovely work! The colours are gorgeous, concept great!
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03/09/2010 09:22:39 PM
Great shot, thanks for the details in your notes too!
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03/09/2010 07:16:16 PM
LOL (about your wife)
Thanks for the info and nice to see you are a fellow strobist too!
Debbi
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03/09/2010 02:25:15 PM
@Debbi: The cup is brown, standing on a shiny red paper. As for the lights, you got it all right: there is one flash from the right side, and several bounce white papers all around the left side. There is also a diffusing sheet just under the flash, so that the cup does not get harsh light while the droplets do. This helped me having the milk as white as possible without overexposing the cup. Sorry I didn't take any setup shot. As for the equipment's price, it was around $600, without counting the photo equipment itself. I hope my wife will not read this post :o)

@citymars: Oops! done :)

Message edited by author 2010-03-09 14:40:02.
03/09/2010 12:45:39 PM
This is beautiful! Congrats on your immediate success here!
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03/09/2010 11:02:47 AM
Congratulations, Christopher. That's a cool mug, by the way -- it looks like leather.

Thanks for sharing your settings and process, I'm always impressed when a photographer generously does that. It makes up for not marking your comments as helpful. :-D

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03/09/2010 09:50:06 AM
Very interesting and intriguing shot!

Was the cup red or black? Red paper behind cup? I'm trying to figure the light placement. I see one flash on the right side, but how did the light get on the other side of the mug? Bounce card? Any setup shots? This shot much have shot over $1,000 dollars worth of equip?

Extremely well done and masterfully executed!
Debbi
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03/09/2010 05:46:32 AM
cool man!!! that coffee mug is awesome!!!
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03/09/2010 05:40:24 AM
I'm so inspired!! This is brilliant! Well done.
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03/09/2010 01:46:22 AM
Beautifull and i whish I could one day capture someting like this. These type of shots are really a challenge for me. You have given me something to aspire to. Great work.
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03/09/2010 01:08:52 AM
Brilliant image. Congratulations.
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03/09/2010 12:29:25 AM
Wow! Very beautiful. The rich colors set the scene perfectly. Congrats on your ribbon, Christophe.
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03/08/2010 11:44:12 PM
Man, you aced it. Congrats!!
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03/08/2010 11:10:50 PM
Originally posted by gyaban:

@manavg:
The module was controlling:
- the solenoid valve positioned above the cup (and connected to a tank containing milk)
- an infrared motion detector, positioned below the valve, on the droplets' way
- the DSLR
- the flash

Most of the technical work consisted in programming the module, so that it would allow for 2 consecutive droplets to fall within about 80ms, trigger the DSRL just after that, detect the droplets falling next to the motion detector, and fire the flash bursts accordingly.

At first I tried all of this manually, but it was a real nightmare, especially without the solenoid valve to launch 2 droplets at will... you should have seen my tries using a perforated yogurt pot in a dark room :-)

Overall, it took me about 2.000 tries, distributed over 4 week-ends, but I'm a slow guy!


Woah! Thank you! I'm going to try out something like this over the week (and weeks to come)..hopefully, I'll get a suitable challenge to display a selection... i don't have a StopShot module..and probably may not be able to afford it right now - so I'm gonna have way more than 2000 shots! :-)

Thanks again, and a fantastic picture!
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03/08/2010 10:41:28 PM
Magnificent
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03/08/2010 07:01:44 PM
Gorgeous!
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03/08/2010 05:45:16 PM
Wow!!! Congratulations on your win. Great image and very impressive getting a ribbon on your first entry and in a FS.
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03/08/2010 05:45:15 PM
Fabulous timing Congratulations
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03/08/2010 03:57:34 PM
Wow! Congratulations on your 1st ribbon for your 1st entry! I foresee many more in your future. :-)
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03/08/2010 01:58:45 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon on your first entry when you became a member only a couple days before the challenge started.

Congrats again!
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03/08/2010 01:27:41 PM
Great capture! I love the rich colors. Congrats on the Ribbon!
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03/08/2010 01:24:44 PM
Thanks very much for posting your setup instructions.
Great looking shot. Congratulations.

Bob
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03/08/2010 01:10:23 PM
as much as I am bored by droplet shots, this is spectacular work. Well done!
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03/08/2010 12:10:35 PM
WOW, you joined the other day, this is your first entry and it got a ribbon.....i hate you
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03/08/2010 12:00:37 PM
Wohow - GREAT!!! Congrats :o)
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03/08/2010 10:57:42 AM
@manavg:
The module was controlling:
- the solenoid valve positioned above the cup (and connected to a tank containing milk)
- an infrared motion detector, positioned below the valve, on the droplets' way
- the DSLR
- the flash

Most of the technical work consisted in programming the module, so that it would allow for 2 consecutive droplets to fall within about 80ms, trigger the DSRL just after that, detect the droplets falling next to the motion detector, and fire the flash bursts accordingly.

At first I tried all of this manually, but it was a real nightmare, especially without the solenoid valve to launch 2 droplets at will... you should have seen my tries using a perforated yogurt pot in a dark room :-)

Overall, it took me about 2.000 tries, distributed over 4 week-ends, but I'm a slow guy!

Message edited by author 2010-03-08 11:06:08.
03/08/2010 09:40:32 AM
Dude !
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03/08/2010 08:48:49 AM
Oh wow, that's a beauty. Quick question though: How does the StopShot module help?
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03/08/2010 08:28:06 AM
Congrats on you first pic. What a flying start!
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03/08/2010 07:54:13 AM
Amazing photo. Congrats.
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03/08/2010 06:57:42 AM
Welcome to DPC and congratulations. I wouldn't even dare to try this.
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03/08/2010 05:43:40 AM
amazing amazing .. a truly awesome image and creation .. congrats on the matching ribbon .. :)
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03/08/2010 02:49:42 AM
congrats and welcome
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03/08/2010 01:38:50 AM
I try to capture but I can't....
It's wonderful for me.Very Well
Congratulations!!!
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03/08/2010 12:16:10 AM
Welcome to DPC!! Congratulations on red ribbon for your first challenge, very good start especially in free study.
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03/08/2010 12:15:17 AM
Wow! Well done and congrats on a ribbon!
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03/08/2010 12:11:12 AM
Spectacular. Yes. Spectacular.
Congratulations on an excellent composition and execution.
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03/08/2010 12:10:21 AM
Awesome! Congrats!
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03/08/2010 12:06:44 AM
Your first entry ribbons in free study... isn't that cool?

Great show... clever shot.... Congrats on your ribbon...

Raj
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2010 09:27:28 PM
Excellent photo! Gonna be the winner I guess.
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03/07/2010 09:11:07 PM
Excellent take on an otherwise overdone concept. 8
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03/07/2010 05:54:40 PM
I don't want to like this ... it's a drop shot. The drops are well done (and more complicated than anything I could ever achieve, I suspect) but what really attracted me is the light on the mug and the background. I really like that and the red/brown tones.
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03/06/2010 11:23:12 PM
Fantastic! Great lighting and colours. Love the mug
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03/06/2010 07:04:32 AM
Facinating combination of splashing drops. You have taken this used idea to new levels of technical details.
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03/05/2010 05:46:14 AM
Amazing- not just the drop capture, but the richness of the colour also.
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03/05/2010 01:17:03 AM
Wow, i bet you that took you a long time to perfect, I love how the drop lines up with the stich in the cup, well planned out. 10.
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03/04/2010 11:39:47 PM
A perfect cup to use for this shot. LOve the clarity of it
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03/04/2010 07:32:36 AM
good grief! do that again!
good luck
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03/03/2010 11:21:00 PM
Love the cup and the background it is on/in. Makes me thirsty!
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03/03/2010 03:25:34 PM
love your color and tone in this...well done
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03/03/2010 10:12:54 AM
This blows away any drop shot that has been done before on here. Just a simple WOW, well done
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03/03/2010 01:29:45 AM
Amazing!
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03/03/2010 12:22:49 AM
Front page.
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03/02/2010 05:14:25 PM
I love these types of photos! :) This is one of the nicest I've seen! 9!
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03/02/2010 12:16:46 AM
Wonderfully done. I hate to think how many shots it took to capture this!
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03/01/2010 02:24:14 PM
Wow - beautifully captured.
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03/01/2010 09:20:35 AM
This is tooo sweet, excellent job!!
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03/01/2010 08:40:42 AM
I get rather tired of the drop pictures, but man, you have a quintuple drop series going on here. This is really good. Congrats on a job well done. The title is great too. I'm one of those who will give an extra point when the title is clever and it adds to the overall appeal of the image. The rich warm red is oh so nice.
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03/01/2010 02:36:40 AM
not too shabby :)
just had wished for a less ugly cup or a way tighter crop .8
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03/01/2010 12:32:15 AM
I love red when it's done in this blood hue. Your tones are awesome, and if that's not multiple exposures you did an amazing job with your drops.
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