Water Art by Markus Reugels

German photographer Markus Reugels creates these beautiful liquid sculptures using no more than an sony SLR camera with flash and a glimpse catcher, and an arduino-based timing device.

"I have a passion to taking pictures of Water drops. It so fascinating what shapes simple water drops can built !"

"At the Beginning I made my Water drops with a medicine dropper, a remote trigger in one hand and a cup in the other hand. With the cup I catch the falling drops, so that the water surface in the tray is very still (this is necessary to get a reflection, with a low Camera angle). I pull the cup out of the way and let 2-3 drops fall into the tray, when the first drop collide into the water I press the Trigger. With this technique I have 1 keeper out of 10 (in good times)."

"Now, I adjust all parameters exactly with a microprocessor, to have the most possible control over the water. This was the key to realize such complex images. In some of my pictures I synchronize 3 different colored drops with an air rifle, or air stream."

"Normally I start every series with a picture in my head. But this is very rare to reach. The shapes cannot be calculated so i must take what i get. With lots of patience, i know in which way i must adjust the settings to influence the shapes."

"The only thing you can control is the light and the Colors."

"To bring color into the picture is very easy. To bring color into the splash, I dyed the drop water with food-color or ink. The background or water surface is colored with the light."

"Normally I thicken my water with Guargum to increase the viscosity . I want a similar Viscosity as Milk or Cream. This helps to make smoother shapes and they hold longer together before they collapse. Sometimes I use only Milk , this is the best fluid for the droplets, you can bring Color into the Splash without coloring the Water, try only gels on the flash and the Milk will be colored."

"As Flashes, I use only the old Vivitar 285 with a little modification to set the Power lower than 1/16. Aperture around f/16 is used. This is the best compromise between sharpness and diffraction blur. The Shutter speed is not important in Highspeed Photography, the Action is frozen by the fast flash. The Flashes have a flash duration faster than 1/20000 at low power settings."

"No Camera has a shutter fast as the Flashes. I choose a Shutter Speed of 1/160 , but only for the wireless trigger. It work best with these settings!"

"Everything I know about photography is self-thought."

All images are © Copyright of Markus Reugels

Check his website: www.markusreugels.de/ and http://500px.com/MarkusReugels

Source: photigy


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