I mount my Miops Splash on my old microphone stand; it´s very stable and with Manfrotto Mount I am able to put it easily higher or deeper, depends on size drops I want to get. Usually I set exactly 40cm distance between the Miops´  Ventil and surface of water below in the glass. This highness gives me quite big "explosions" of the drops. 

I don´t want to pour over my table and my room with a water, so I use old one backing sheet, and the plastic container under the water tank / glass either.

The Miops Splash gives two ways of connection: camera and flash + camera. I use the 2nd one - the "Flash Mode". In this mode it works much better, it is easier to set on and the final effect seems to be more exciting. Important: the spiral connection cable "Miops to Camera" is very short; I bought the extension cable and the whole equipment stand stable and will not be damaged.

Camera & Flash Setup - Quelle: miops.com

The flash delay ( Miops Mobile App ) is set on to 224ms - but this may be set on differently. It depends on, which single moment of explosion/collision I want to capture.  The steps between 235ms and 215ms make big differences, and the collisions / umbrellas effects are other.  Just try it!

    MIOPS SPLASH SETTINGS with 3 Water Drops ( Miops Mobile App ):

    Miops Splash is mounted exact 40cm over the water surface.

  • 1st drop is set to: 40ms Size

  • 2nd drop is set to 50ms Size and the delay between these two drops

        ( 1st and 2nd ) I set to 65ms

3rd drop is set to 20ms Size and the Delay is 13ms.

  • The "Flash Delay" is set on to 224ms; but I change this setting often to get

        other capture effects.

  • The main Neewer NW880S Flash stand on the left side about 40cm distance to water tank. The second slave Metz Flash illuminates the object on the right side, about 30cm.

  • The main flash: manuall mode, and I use only about 1/32 or 1/64 Flash power.

I also use the "quar gum" to make the "lower water" thicker. It`s great possibility to get other silhouetten of water splashes. But the thickness of a liquid causes other delay of "camera-flash" synchronization. The water is much thicker and a little bit "heavier" and responds a littel bit later and different. In this case I use about "370ms" of a flash delay, instead of "224ms". The water with "quar gum" causes very thin, but very oft high columns of explosions, and diiferent collisions with several bigger water drops flyin around. I use only small portion of quar gum - just half a teaspoon per 1 liter of water. And it is anyway thick enough.

Don`t forget: you mustn`t pour "quar gum" water into the tank of MIOP SPLASH! Above only water with a little bit food paint - nothing else! Otherwise the MIOPS SPLAH will be damaged! Below: water, "quar gum" water, milk, orange juice - what you want.

 

Camera Setting: I set the camera on "bulb", ISO 200, aperture 9.0, White Balance manually using Kelvin temps. Camera is mounted on Cayer tripod. Mostly I use Tamron 18-200mm Macro Zoom. I chose 200mm Focal Lenght, so I get pretty "focal lenght" nad the lens will not be wet. I set Focus manual; I release e few water drops from MIOPS and watch, where do they fall. Exactly in this point I put long metall screw or something like that, and this works as a "Fucus Dummy". After  the focus is set on I take the screw away and start the "splash session". Auto-Focus has no sense - don´t waste the time.

Important: Miops Splash works very good if the level of water inside is between full or up to 1/3 amount. If the Miops Splash water level is smaller, the pressure of water is not as good as should be, and the final effects are not good enough.

As a background I use paint canvas with a size about 50x40cm. Two Metz Mecablitz slave-flashes make this background bright. Additional one Metz slave-flash lights the water tank from the right side, about 30cm distance to object. The window of my photo room is darked / covered up, and the room should be kept dark. I also use the black background. In that case I don´t illuminate the black background with Metz Slave Flashes. I only illuminate the water tank with the main Neewer Flash ( left side ) and one Metz Slave Flash ( right side ).

A little bit earlier I prepare the water. For example I put a few blue drops of a food paint / ink into "miops" water, and a few drops of yellow food paint / ink into the lower "tank" water.

On this way I get three colours: blue drops coming down, yellow liquid waves below and the green "collisions" between. Anyway I don´t forget, that the water is almost "alive". It is not possible to foresee exact, what will happen; the drops improvise as well and the final efect will always surprise!

What I need to make the water splashes: of course the equipment and most important: many patience and..... time.  

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