Water Drops on My Mind

I couple of years back a great friend of mine, Susan Candelario introduced me to the exciting world of high-speed water drop photography.  I have been hooked ever since.  Susan had been doing them for many years.  As many of you know, she now even has a how to e-book on the subject.  I always like getting together with her because she quickly handles any technical challenges I may throw at her and I keep trying to come up with crazier ideas to try out.  Things really went over the top when friends and great photographers Betty Wiley and Nick Palmieri joined us for a session.  The image above was a first for all involved.  Betty accidentally pressed the button twice on the time machine and given the 1.5 second exposure; she had 2 ghosted water drop collisions in a single frame.  It looked really cool!  The group energy started churning as we tried to recreate this effect on purpose.  The image above shows how we kept pushing the settings and had a heart form during one such sequence.  These extreme things are difficult to replicate consistently, so we decided to change the water and try something new.  The image below shows what we originally started out trying to achieve.

Betty was so excited with her images that she spoke with Amy Davies of Photography Events by Amy to try to set up a hands-on workshop up in Plymouth, MA area.  Susan and I were extremely excited to take our workshop on the road and are pleased to announce that we will be holding two half day high-speed water drop photography workshops on June 9th there.  Best news is you only need a CF or SD card to attend!  You can find all the information to register on Amy’s site.  Below is just another example of the type of image you can expect to get on this fun-filled workshop and you will be given all the information to achieve these results at home for yourself.

Amy was looking to make the workshops a weekend event so she is also having Susan and I lead a hands-on macro workshop on June 10th.  You can find all the registration information here.  During this workshop, Susan and I will cover everything from soft focus to maximum (my favorite) depth of field.  Natural lighting as well as the proper use of flash will be demonstrated. You will need a camera with a macro or other close up lens and it is recommended that you bring a tripod and flash if you have one.  Don’t forget to charge the batteries before you attend!  We will show you how to balance natural light with flash to allow you more flexibility when you are working in the field as I have done in the image below.  You can see some examples of images we will try to get on my gallery or on Susan’s gallery here

I hope you can join us for one or both of these workshops up in the Plymouth, Massachusetts area. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at: rkurywczak@gmail.com or call me at 908-241-0500.


4 Responses to “Water Drops on My Mind”

  1. Susan Candelario Says:

    Hey Roman, I still smile when I think of that day. We had a blast!!! I love all your images but I luv, luv, luv then one with the heart. Only bad thing is now you made me want to work on a few of my images from that day. LOL Anthony asked when was this… I said remember the day when we were making sounds to keep our timing (you being the choir director) and the bangs on the table from Roman And Nick.? He said oh yeah I remember that quite alright. God I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Betty rocks as well. Can’t wait till the next time.

  2. that was such a fun day! Who knew that by bumping the table that we’d get a cool effect like a heart. I can’t wait to do water drops again! You guys rock!

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