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Posted By: bombel, 04-11-2011, 01:40 PM

The title of the next thread reminded me that once I also played with drops. But instead of playing with mercury (which vapor are poisonous) I was playing with a liquid harmless to health. Guess what was it?

I have to add, that this photo wasnt create using any software like Photoshop or other. All the coloured sparks were on the stage, when I was taking a photo.

Here they are, like in the old song: baubles, bangles and beads...




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04-11-2011, 04:05 PM   #2
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My guess is Di-hydrogen monoxide. It's a beautiful shot, and all it's reflections and refractions and colors. Beautiful, and much safer, as long as you are willing to play with Di-hydrogen monoxide.
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and much safer, as long as you are willing to play with Di-hydrogen monoxide.

Bingo!!!

And which you can safely lick off after the session. Yup, it was clean water.
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Very nice with lovely colors. I like it.

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Very nice - would you care to share your setup and technique? Source, lighting, trigger, etc ...

I think I have some H2O stashed somewhere and would like to try this

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Well, you ask me to reveal the greatest secrets of the industry... Ahhh, OK, I'll do it!




So, first the list of needed equipment; is not easy to collect, but if you want to...

1. some amount of, you know, this mysterious liquid




2. professional, atomic balanced drop generator



3. hyper hi-tech base (really hi-tech, I mean it)






4. professional, high power stage lighting set (used here is almost the same, but yellow painted )



5. the camera of your choice, preferably with macro lens








The main goal: sub-atomically precise calculated setup

Place the DVD disc on the kitchen table, with surface of the inscriptions to the bottom. All you should see is clean DVD disc, without letter and other marks, shining in the light. After this difficult step its time to use your atomic balanced drop generator! So - lets do some drops of water on the disk.

One important note: it doesnt matter that at the beginning the number or shape of drops may not reflect your precise calculation. You always may wipe them out, and try once again! Isnt it a comforting feeling?

OK, you have a disc, and some drops on it. Now its time to light it up! To do this, insert the plug into the socket and turn the lamp on, and then... Just direct the light in which direction you want, almost any direction will do!

And now - circling around this disc with droplets and looking on the 'stage' with your camera - from almost any position you can take a picture, which may seem nice or interesting! What sorts of room for your creativity and imagination! Note, that DVD surface could change the colour and brightness rapidly, depending on your position and the illumination angle. Try every position you want, and almost every will give you interesting effect.


And finally, the difficult but necessary: triggering. It's too hard for me to describe, so I show it in the image - click here. I'm sure you'll appreciate the simplicity of the diagram, I've tried my best to keep it simple.


VERY IMPORTANT! Almost forgot... To make droplets present a very colorful way - you need to burn the disc with lively and cheerful music. The gloomy or funeral music causes the droplets tend to graying.






Have a fun with drops! It will be nice to see the effect of your play. Below some of my examples...
































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Haha .. that's almost too simple I wasn't expecting that...
I did not clue in that you used a dvd surface and that the whole thing was static. I'm used to taking pictures of drops with a off-camera flash and a lucky finger. Very neat, and thank you very much for the detailed description (although, I would have probably figured out at least how to plug the light in before posting, but maybe it will help someone out there ). Cheers/na razie!

Edit: I think I'll use some salsa music for the extra spark.
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Very nice! Great presentation. I think I'll dig out my Janis Joplin's Greatest and give it a try.

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Great post. Thanks.
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Awesome work man, I really like these. Thanks for the instructions as well.
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Will definitely try this! I have had fun playing with coloured water in a metallic container, fun stuff
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Haha .. that's almost too simple

I think I'll use some salsa music for the extra spark.
Well, sometimes the simpler, the better the fun! And yes, salsa music will give you pretty sparks!




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I think I'll dig out my Janis Joplin's Greatest and give it a try.
It will be real flower drops!



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Hydric acid! Be careful with that stuff!

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