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Splish, Splash

I was taking a … picture. Or, more accurately, making one.

Images with splashes are all the rage, it seems, and not wanting to be left out I decided to join the fun.

I had a couple of images in mind, based on some earlier product shots I had that I felt needed a little something else. After working with a couple of the images, I felt like this worked the best:

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

Based on this original image, the splashes were added and refined in post production:

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

I can see why splashes are so popular: they do add a certain dynamic to an image. I just hope that this trend doesn’t become cliche, a reason I’ve tried to moderate its use in my own portfolio.

The process itself is interesting, if not humorous (and a little messy). My daughter always likes it when I flip through images as I shoot tethered, so I thought I’d present the splash process for your amusement in a similar manner:

There is a tray underneath to catch (some) of the water. I used food coloring so the splashes would stand out more, and I could then change the color in post (or remove it as appropriate). As it turned out, the blue worked out well in this particular shot. Using different containers (glasses) yielded different splash shapes. And timing, as they say, is everything.

More technical details on the shot can be found on flickr.

More to come …

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