Two sessions, and counting! So far I have not been able to get the Cannon Beach photo I am envisioning. I thought I would share some black/white outtakes with you. My first shoot, it took an hour or so to get it setup, and I worked from 5-10pm, but I just could not get the shape I wanted to get! I got a variety, but not the specific shape I'm looking for, which is one that matches the rock in the background. I'm always adjusting the timing, and often, the water temperature. I like to work with cold water, but as it comes to room temperature, the timing changes.
The second session, two days later, and over 200 photos and counting, I got some different shapes, but still a no go. I also want better sharpness for the background, so I will be improving that in my third session. The photo above, that kind of looks like Saturn, shows what happens when I don't wait for the water to still--wavy rock in the background. Also, my depth of field with these shots is vary shallow. So much so, that I have to adjust the focus depending on what type of drop I'm getting. If I want a "ball on point" or a "round" drop by itself, it is a different focus than if I am wanting a "collision", which is when one drop falls on top of the first drop and flattens out. My depth of focus is 1/4, to 1/2 inch at most.
Thank goodness for keeping towels nearby, as one of my flashes took a dunk in the water. I use multiple flashes for my photos to properly light the background and the drop. Below, in color, is the background photo I used, that I took last April. I'm off to Cannon Beach today, for several days, perhaps I'll take a shot to use when I get back.