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DaveNitsche
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Yup... green... good luck to all...








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Aug 02, 2009 at 04:53 AM
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I'm not even going to try and comprehend how you managed that--my head would explode. Excellent shot. Very well composed and lit.

Chad



Aug 02, 2009 at 05:03 AM
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Hey Chad, thanks... Really not as hard as you'd think. Stopping motion isn't about shutter speed, it's about flash duration. Flashes can be infinitely quicker than any shutter out there. A normal flash at full power ranges from a 500th of a second to a 1000th of a second.

Take my 430ex flashes. I think they're about a 750th at full power. They're also the same at 1/2 power, 750th. Now, if you go down to 1/4 power you're at 1500th. 1/8th is 3000th. 1/16th is a 6000th, 1/32nd is a 12,000th of a second (which this was shot at). So, even though my shutter's at about a 250th, the light is only lasting a 12,000th of a second. That can stop just about anything accept a hummingbird and a bullet.

So, I drop with the right hand and click with the left. I've been doing this for a while so my timing is pretty good. I do miss here and there but more of the time I get what I want.

It's really not as hard as it looks. The real key is to be willing to make a mess, bust a bunch of glass and have ridiculous amounts of confidence. I love doing this stuff... Making a mess rocks...

Hope this helps a bit...

D



Aug 02, 2009 at 06:28 AM
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Thanks for the explanation, got to try it sometime (if and when I want to make a mess...).
Anyway, a fine shot



Aug 02, 2009 at 07:56 AM
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Hi Dave,

I have seen your liquid shots for awhile on the WA and they are always terrific. This one is no exception. Lovely depiction of green and thanks for the thorough explanation of how it is done.



Aug 02, 2009 at 12:20 PM
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Killer ... thanks for sharing.

GOTTA TRY IT !!!



Aug 02, 2009 at 12:50 PM
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Seriously cool idea. I also appreciate the effort to explain. Well done.


Aug 02, 2009 at 01:00 PM
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nice shot, I thought another Irishman spilled his drink, haha

So many creative photographers on here, I am inspired by all of your great works. Peace



Aug 02, 2009 at 01:40 PM
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The curve is great! Thanks for sharing!


Aug 02, 2009 at 02:44 PM
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Dave-

Fantastic!

-Deke

p.s. thanks for the explanation...I like learning things!



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Always enjoy your waterworks! Very neat shot.


Aug 02, 2009 at 07:39 PM
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Awesome!


Aug 02, 2009 at 08:08 PM
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Killer David, I have been a big fan for years since discovering you on PBase.


Aug 03, 2009 at 04:02 AM
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Very Cool Shot
WB



Aug 03, 2009 at 10:17 AM
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Hey Thanks all... Had a bit of an anamorphic scaling issue and a bunch of noise and a few spots I had to clean up. That stuff drives me nuts.

To be honest. My intention was for the one glass to collide into the other. I missed but it turned out ok... Well, accept for the green water that went all over one of my walls.

Definitely fun stuff to do. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and glad the explanation helped a bit.



Aug 03, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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Great shot, I love your work. The lighting is great.

I noticed in your post you said "flashes". How many flashguns do you use when you do this type of work?

From the exif, the aperature is quite small at f/16 & @ 1/250, I'm guessing there is a more than one or two to get enough light in?

Am curious really, I did something involving a droplet for last weeks assignment, but ended up with motion blur/ not enough DOF on the droplet, so am planning on reshooting when I get 5 mins... if that'll ever happen!

Andy



Aug 03, 2009 at 06:37 PM
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Hey Andy... this shot actually used 4 flashes (430EX Canons) I believe. I was mixing them up while I was shooting.

Any other questions just drop me a line at dave@davenitsche.com



Aug 03, 2009 at 06:49 PM
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The illusion of the upward curving liquid is remakable.


Aug 04, 2009 at 02:00 AM
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Sweet as!


Aug 04, 2009 at 02:22 AM
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You've had plenty of praise for this shot and deservedly so.


Aug 04, 2009 at 02:38 AM
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