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Submitted on
October 17, 2008
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 30D
Shutter Speed
3/1 second
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 16, 2008, 1:25:01 PM
High Speed Milk Drop by GavanMitchell High Speed Milk Drop by GavanMitchell
Milk drop falling into dyed blue milk. Photographed with 2 electronic flashes, and a light/sound trigger using a laser beam to trigger the flashes. approx 1/40,000th of a sec.
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EmileeSelf Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
featured Here!
Epiph25 Jan 26, 2010
sweet Jesus, wtf..
That's a truely amazing picture you have there!

OMG. i've done similar things, speed of 1/4000. I got nothing this perfect though...very very very nice
Mightybagderlord Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're doing it wrong.............. For high speed you use slow shutter speed and a flash. The flash becomes your shutter. You take object in dark room and use the flash to illuminate the object for idk maybe around 1/19000th of a second (It's light dude. It's fast) that's how they get it so precise
Simply amazing!
Very nice Gavan. I have been looking into constructing a photogate trigger with variable delay for these types of shots. Do you mind if I asked for a list of your equipment? I am also curious; are you triggering the flash or using the trigger to cycle the camera? I would like to trigger the camera but I am worried about the extra latency that the shutter lag would introduce. If if simply fire the flash that I currently have, I think that I will get a longer flash duration than if the camera is controlling the flash via off camera cord; currently shooting Canon 20D with Canon 380EX speedlight. Any information regarding your methods would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work. I would like to see more high speed shots from you in the future.

PS: Have you tried the shots where you see a falling drop of fluid colliding with a rebounding drop? More challenging, but also a real attention getter.
GavanMitchell Jan 3, 2009   Photographer
heya, sorry for the late reply... i built a sound/light trigger for flash. for highspeed photography you really need to use a flash.. the fastest you can image with your shutter i believe is about an 8000th with the 20D.. compared to approx 40,000th with a flash on lowest power setting. Also to use a shutter you would need a massive amount of light. The highspeed shots i have done were in a darkened invironment, the drop passes through a laser beam, when the beam is broken the trigger fires a flash (which has a variable delay)... the shot was taken with a 30D and 580exII.

havnt yet attempted colliding drops.. its on the cards though :P as well as a few other ideas.
Same here Gavan, sorry for the late reply. Thanks for sharing your technique. I still haven't tried the trigger. I just haven't gotten around to purchasing the components and trying to assemble one. I have found a good amount of information regarding the construction of a sound/light trigger online. Again, thanks for sharing your technique.
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