Some time ago I set up a test shoot and photographed smoke, link here, this time around I wanted to experiment with water. This was a little more of a challenge. I used a fish tank and various containers to achieve the following images – Steve
Most difficult task was focusing
Focus began to get easier but lighting was an issue.
Water drops, although sharp were too flat.
Having a strobe, I added a flashlight to have a constant beam shining into the tank.
This added some cool, fire like, motion trails as the bubbles rose.
I still couldn't see enough detail so I moved the camera closer to the wall of the tank and had the bubbles come up right next to the lens
I couldn't always guarantee where the bubbles would appear.
I tried different gels over the Canon Speedlight
Getting closer to what I wanted to achieve, liquid metal!
Trying to isolate a larger bubble away from tiny bubbles, not easy.
Moving strobe from above, to side and under tank.
By now the water was getting cloudy, I think it adds to the 'space like' feel.
After a few hours I finally got the shot I was after, this is my favorite