one other note…the final photo was shot in almost complete darkness, just a little bit of ambient light coming through the window so i could see what i was doing. at first, i had the room lights on, but the water drop actually reflects all the little points of light in a 360 degree field of vision thus causing small hotspots on your water drop.
this is what happens when you've got too much time on your hands. it took me a couple hundred shots to get this right and i think there's still a whole lot of room for improvement, but suffice to say, i'm quite proud of my first try at water drop shots. i've posted my set up pictures below. ENLARGE please :P
strobist info: SB-600 to camera right with sto-fen diffuser, flagged with my ghetto gobo (binder); another SB-600 behind camera left into a 42" reflective umbrella to light background; triggered with Nikon CLS.
after getting the set up correct, the hardest part was timing. i triggered the shutter with a Nikon ML-L3 Wireless remote and manually squeeze the water bottle to let the drops fall, and it was really just hit or miss for the most part.
krismendoza.com!!!! i just made this logo for my website in photoshop and printed it out. due to one of those weird laws of optics (same way our eyes see things before our brain processes it) i had to put it upside down for the drop to reflect it right side up.
i knew those crutches had a better use to them!
optical info: 75mm focal length with 12mm Kenko extension tube. there was a small sweet spot for focus after the extension tube came on, so i preset the focus to where the drops were falling and locked focus to that spot.
don't be fooled by the D300 strap, that is indeed a D80.