Time Machine for Drip Photography for getting double and triple trips


Aimevous

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Hi,

I'm keen to explore water drip photography and though I am quite happy with some of the standard single drip shots I am getting with just simple dripping from a hole in a plastic cup, I am interested to get shots like those shown in the following link:

The Comprehensive Water Drop Photography Guide | DIYPhotography.net

example (not my picture):


I personally have tried several means, including using rubber tubing and using my fingers to control the water flow but I can never seem to get the timing right to get the double collision so I was thinking if there are better methods to get the effect.

The Time Machine as stated in their links seem a little expensive and I'm not exactly sure if they ship to SG. Was wondering if anyone knows if I can get anything locally that can produce similar results? Maybe any super pro electrical engineers can suggest something?

Thanks in advance!
 

Rashkae

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The photographer herself states:

"Patience, persistence, and perseverance are necessary qualities of a water drop photographer. "


And if you read her description:
"The dropper was very well taped to a sturdy board so that it wouldn't move position when drops were released. I used the timer on the camera to open the shutter in 5 seconds. Just before the shutter opened I would release at least two drops in quick succession (about 7 - 10 per second)."

So all it takes is practice practice practice.... You don't need fancy tools.
 

Aimevous

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The photographer herself states:

"Patience, persistence, and perseverance are necessary qualities of a water drop photographer. "


And if you read her description:
"The dropper was very well taped to a sturdy board so that it wouldn't move position when drops were released. I used the timer on the camera to open the shutter in 5 seconds. Just before the shutter opened I would release at least two drops in quick succession (about 7 - 10 per second)."

So all it takes is practice practice practice.... You don't need fancy tools.
I'd actually like to believe I have more patience than average :bsmilie: and I actually tried several different setups over 5 days, possibly spending close to perhaps 30-40 hours or more and after close to 2000 shots, I was still not able to get a single double collision shot =(, so I thought maybe I'd try to get some help.

Hmm, have you any experience in this? Perhaps you can share some experience/tips?

Thanks for your reply, Rashkae! :thumbsup:
 

Rashkae

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I'd actually like to believe I have more patience than average :bsmilie: and I actually tried several different setups over 5 days, possibly spending close to perhaps 30-40 hours or more and after close to 2000 shots, I was still not able to get a single double collision shot =(, so I thought maybe I'd try to get some help.

Hmm, have you any experience in this? Perhaps you can share some experience/tips?

Thanks for your reply, Rashkae! :thumbsup:
I did similar shots with the dropper as well. Double collision is easy if you make sure you use about 10 drops per second (give it a really good squeeze).
 

eleveninth

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Jan 17, 2006
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1)use high burst mode.

2)spray and pray.

lol.
 

RayQuek31

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Apr 24, 2008
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Hi,

I'm keen to explore water drip photography and though I am quite happy with some of the standard single drip shots I am getting with just simple dripping from a hole in a plastic cup, I am interested to get shots like those shown in the following link:

The Comprehensive Water Drop Photography Guide | DIYPhotography.net

example (not my picture):

I personally have tried several means, including using rubber tubing and using my fingers to control the water flow but I can never seem to get the timing right to get the double collision so I was thinking if there are better methods to get the effect.

The Time Machine as stated in their links seem a little expensive and I'm not exactly sure if they ship to SG. Was wondering if anyone knows if I can get anything locally that can produce similar results? Maybe any super pro electrical engineers can suggest something?

Thanks in advance!
Just to share with you. I had bought this kind of machine and just in a day of trying, I managed to shoot a number of good 2 water droplets collision. From there, you just focus on adjusting the timing to get the best collision. Every shot, you will get different effects.

I had the same thinking like you. Hoping to find a local company but I cannot find it. Then thought of building the system myself then realize it is not easy and cheap to build one as scale of economic.
DIY might not be cheap if trying to duplicate the same system. Other than using the system, i don't think I can built a diy simple system to get that kind of shots. Maybe, out of thousands tries, you get only a few shots. Your patience might run out and give up.

So in the end, I went to purchase the system and try it. I find it worth the money as it saves my time. If money can buy time then it is worth. With the system, you can focus on creativity and get better pictures. You can show your works to your friends.

But with the system, you need patience too. It will not be smooth journey as every time the setup, you need to adjust height of the water droplet and timing for 2 droplets to create the collision. But the joy is there when you get it!

Without the system, I can forget about getting this simple 2 droplets collision. I can it easily with the system. Now, I just need creativity to make more beautiful pictures using the system. There are experts having 3 droplets which I cannot get it. Need a lot of experiments. It is fun with the system. I am still experimenting it.
 

nexShot

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Jan 22, 2013
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Pentax has this Catch-in-Focus. U can consider using it. It will auto shoot when object comes in focus. <- in this case is your water droplet. (i never try before but i think it should do magic for drip photography)

I have tried to take photos of this before with nikon 1. Super difficult. Just put full fps and spray and pray hard....

use coloured water and continuous light with colours to get better effects.
 

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