Ok -- so this was entered for a laugh, but then again, not for a laugh...
First of all, I fell massively in love with this shot:
but with my normal procrastinating until the last day, I ran myself out of time. I wanted to do something, and really didn't have time to do anything, so I picked Christophe's boom boom image:
What fascinated my about that image wasn't the milk drop -- it was the fact that he had used the stroboscopic flash for it. Ever since I saw the shot, I wanted to try it. There were so many things that were just perfect. The drops going down, the colors were magnificent, the dimensionality of the drops, the clouds in the coffee (clouds in the coffee...), and yes, the hit was cool.
I'd tried a couple of water drops before, and I figured I could get something. Nothing awesome, but something.
I was hand holding the baggie that was dripping the drips, so I couldn't get a collision, I tried hanging it, I tried so many different things, and I just couldn't get the timing right. I couldn't believe that when I tried doing this before, I got some simple but boring water drops, and this time I got nothing!
So I just sat and laughed and decided to enter my failure.
But the more I looked at it, the more I liked my failure. I liked the high contrast. I liked the funky way the black wrapped wrapped a bit more than half way around the cup. I liked the half moon shape of the drops.
And then I laughed some more.
How funny that one could consider an utter failure at a challenge a great success. I definitely love this place. :)
Huge thanks to Christophe for the kind comment. It never ceases to amaze me how gracious he is. He must have winced when he saw what I did to his photo, and yet he still finds something kind to say. :)
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Thank you very much for choosing one of my photo! I can even say that you probably chose one of the most technical shot I have ever done. In fact, synchronizing the double-drop and the stroboscope is almost impossible to do without the help of an external device (such as the 'StopShot' module I used at the time). So while you had to slip that part (I assume you lacked such equipment), you brought a new interpretation of the photo, and I really like that 'film-noir' mood you obtained. The light on milk drops and cup work very well together, resulting in a very stylish photo. Thanks again!