Friday, July 20, 2018

Splash Art Photography with a Fujifilm GFX50s

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I’ve been interested in splash art for some time experimenting at capturing water drops as they fall.  I recently found a company that produces a water drop kit that will help me capture water drops as they hit the surface.  Cognisys offers an array of water drop kits that allow you to capture 1 or more drops.  I’d suggest a visit to their website to learn more about what they offer.
f/4 ISO 100 (full frame)
Capturing water drops is all about timing. And luck. Lots of luck. It helps if you have a steady supply of water dispensing drops at a regular interval. It also helps if you have at least one flash as it will be the flash that freezes the action not the camera.
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There are videos on YouTube available to help you begin capturing water drops just do as I did and use a search phrase of “water drop photography”.  What I’ve learned during my research is the majority of photographers are using 35mm cameras.  A must is a macro lens as is a tripod and of course a flash.  I happen to use a Fujifilm GFX 50s medium format camera. There are differences between using 35mm and medium format among them is shutter lag; the delay between triggering the shutter and when the image is actually recorded.  Each camera system has a different shutter lag with a 35mm normally faster than medium  format.
f/11 ISO 100 (full frame)
While water drop photography can be captured in normal light using a high shutter speed and flash the shutter lag can become a problem.  The best way to work around this is going dark. I’ve gone back to a dark room much the same as when I worked in a wet dark room. Believe me I’ve laughed at the irony of using what has become a wet darkroom to capture digital images.  Working in a dark room allows me to set the camera in bulb mode before triggering the water drop. The drop falls causing the flash to light and shortly afterwards I close the shutter. The camera only captures at the instant the flash works so allowing for any delay on my part the shutter is open between 1 and 2-seconds.
f/11 ISO 100 (full frame)
Here is the first attempted setup using our kitchen; notice the black paper covering the windows.

I used a spare tripod to set the water drop kit on over the counter and while it worked it also took up a lot of space.  I have a copy stand on order which is a much small footprint and will allow the height I need.  I’m also moving from the kitchen to a smaller windowless room that will allow me to photograph in the daytime in complete darkness. The next blog will be from that setup.  I’ll be sharing a complete list of equipment used in the next blog as well.

Splash Art is much more involved and I plan on adding to this as I learn so please stay tuned.








Thursday, July 19, 2018

Good news

Our web gallery is back on line and fully functional. We had to rewrite the entire site so this will look totally different: in a good way.  We also revamped the buying experience which should be easier. Come visit kick the tires and give us a try.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Good news, our regular email and web gallery are both restored.  The web gallery had to be built from the ground up so while doing that we changed a few things to make it easier to navigate. Please visit and let us know what you think of the new site.

We're in the process of writing a blog on our recent visit to Scotland which we hope to have published soon. We will also share thoughts on the new Fujifilm GF 250 and 1.4 extender as well as the 45mm extension tube. All of these had to take a backseat in order to get our web gallery restored.

Stay tuned for more.

Sandy & Don