Practice Makes Perfect?

by Camellia Staab February. 02, 2019 512 views

Had to try my hand at the water droplet /collision again today. I am determined to get this right.

Sydney says we all have some form of obsession for various reasons and we continuously feed that obsession. Apparently, my obsession now, is getting the collision to happen. There is an fb site that is dedicated to the Pluto Trigger and so many people in there go out of their way to help each other achieve this goal of creating a water collision, but sadly this is one of those instances where one size does not fit all. Each set up comes with it's own unique variable, therefor copying someone else's settings does not get you any closer to the goal.

Today I chose to use water in the Pluto valve and in the glass I had a mixture of milk, water and some food coloring. The distance between the valve and glass was set at 16 inches and the settings on the app (after tens of thousands of trial and error times) was set at flash delay 116, drop size 35. Second drop delay 137, drop size 32. Third delay 20 and drop size 15. This set up got me a lot more photos with "BLOBS" of water but sadly no collision.

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

used a blue and purple jell on the flashes

Just in case you were wondering...fools do exist ;)

Just in case you were wondering...fools do exist ;)

The end has yet to come.

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Vivienne Albiston 2 years, 3 months ago

Magical set I look forward to the next lot.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Vivienne Albiston 2 years, 3 months ago

Vivienne don't tempt me...my entire posts for the next umpteen days might end up being water droplets 🙃

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

I scrolled up and down and up and down - I couldn't get enough! In the end I had to remember, how to breath again, although my mouth was still open ...
Stunning pictures!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Sigrid it is a fun activity I just need to figure how to get to my goal smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years, 3 months ago

#9 Reminds me of a dancer . It looks like this was a fun and productive shoot :)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe I can use these pictures for a psych blot test 😉

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sydney Solomon 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the plug. (smile) I would think 
 another super idea, would be to make an animation of those photos. I don't know if your version of PS has that ability.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 3 months ago

You giving me more work to do?? Jesus Sydney really??? As if I don't have enough of an obsession you want to add to it??? ( smile)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

Jesus Sydney...really?  Not everything, that you like to do, falls into an obsession, if you think it does, then I would say you have an obsession about obsessions.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 3 months ago

Seriously?! Now you are going to complain about the fact that I used Jesus and you in the same sentence??/ Lord almighty save me (smile)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Björn Roose 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, at least you didn't do the whole set up for an hour of fun smile You'll manage the collision thingy sooner or later.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 3 months ago

Let's hope so smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

I envy your patience my friend. Almost there smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Believe me I am lacking in the patience department. Because if I had the "right"patience I would have figured the collision out by now. One of the reasons I set it up as a "permanent" structure with an older camera, so that I could walk in click  few buttons and try to capture and then walk out when I had had enough.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
David Swatton 2 years, 3 months ago

All sounds overly technical to me... when I did it I used a plastic bag with a pin hole in it hanging from a tripod over a bowl of water!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 3 months ago

David I used that system a few years ago and got some very cool shots. Then I saw this gizmo, which by the way it does so many other things besides the water drop, that I had to buy it thinking ohhhh this is going to be easy....not!   I must add the app for Pluto ( which is used on the phone) is really cool. Especially the remote trigger function. If I can conquer the collision, my next obsession will be capturing lightening with the Pluto app.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Andi Saw 2 years, 3 months ago

This set is truly impressive.
Ever thought about a bright background?
(Just for practice. More light, more speed, more chances to catch the collus... no collision smile )
I'm honestly amazed by ths set! blue heart

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 3 months ago

Andi I will try your suggestion. Didn't think about the light/speed connection.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 2 years, 3 months ago

LOVE IT!
Don't you love a challenge?

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 3 months ago

It is keeping me entertained smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

You inspired me. I tried it late last night with a quick setup. I got some good collisions, but today I plan to try and perfect my set up and focus.
I'll post some results in a blog and give you credit for inspiring me! 
PS: I really love the look of the blobs better than the collisions!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 3 months ago

Laurie I am dying to see yours and if possible would love to see the behind the scenes. Today I learned I was using the wrong receptacle ( was using a margarita glass) so back to the drawing board for me.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

It's all about experimentation!
I just am about to insert my SD card into the computer and see what kind of shots I got on the 2nd round.
I'll post some when I get what I am aspiring to achieve!
I'll be glad to share anything I think is noteworthy...
Thanks for inspiring me, I've been wanting to try this for a long time, and just always was too busy. TGFW (thank God for WINTER) things slow down a bit-time for creative experiments!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Fascinating series! Excellent camera work!
Thanks for taking us to a new realm!
Wow!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Jay 😉

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

Alwaze a pleasure, Sis!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
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