Thursday, November 17, 2005

Penny drop

This was kind of an experimental shot testing the high shutter speeds of the 20D. It's just a penny I dropped into an overfull glass of water. By putting the camera in high speed mode I took a number of frames and chose the most interesting ones. As you can see I had to use a shallow depth of field in order to use a high shutter speed and as a result some of the droplets are not in focus.
I think the image is interesting with the light coming off the penny and the shape of the water being displaced.

Canon 20D, 75-300 4.0-5.6, TV 1/4000


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey cool shot, it also might work with a backed out shot of a whole glass (maybe with lots of pennies already at the bottom). As it is the penny seems to stop at the bottom of the frame with no room to move, losing some of the feeling of motion you captured. By the way, i'm gonna put up some russian shots today, since yesterday i spent a few hours freezing my hands off in red square at night, most shots are around 1/8 but i stabled myself the best i could. You'll see.

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Mona said...

Great start. I would ask Jem over at Shutterjunkie for advice, she's done some great stop motion with water.

Thx for your comment, as always.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

I think this shot worked pretty well!

2:42 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

Timing is the word here.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments.

I'm sure I'll be taking more of these shots in the future.
Ian-I thought of including the whole glass but it seemed too zoomed out and lost it's dramatic effect. And when do you get back from Russia?

8:37 AM  
Anonymous J A M I E said...

I've never tried anything like this - great for you to experiment. I also like these stop-action shots, especially when they're interesting like this.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Nice shot. Couldn't get much clearer than that.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Glyn (Zaphod) Evans said...

Very cool!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Karl-Petter said...

Catching waterdrops is hard, but you managed well. If you want some inspiration and tips, check out Pablos site Round-Here where he has some amazing drops!

Btw, thanks for all the comments on my site, really appriciate them!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments and links.
Drop photography is a good distraction when the weather isn't great or there isn't much to shoot.

3:45 PM  
Blogger jayne d'Arcy said...

This is very interesting. The light is very nice. I do like some of the suggestions others have made.

3:46 PM  
Blogger broccoflower said...

that's awesome, it looks like fire!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Welchie said...

Great shot. I also tried some watery shots recently after being inspired by Stephanie on Flickr - ""

Not posted my efforts yet.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments and links.
It seems like most people use just drops, I may try to take more photos of objects dropping in water (just to be a little different).

9:54 AM  
Blogger A said...

I actually like how the penny stops at the bottom of the frame.

10:26 AM  
Blogger eterisk said...

Very good work. It must have been hard to capture this. A great idea.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments.

The most difficult thing is the setup and finding the right exposure/shutter speed combination. Actual shooting is simple with a high speed shutter release.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Andy Dabydeen said...

Great shot!

7:31 PM  

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