Coffee splash and/ or beverage splash seems to be some of the main keywords that bring people to this blog although I have only one post with a coffee splash. People are obviously interested in how to get those splashing shots and I can tell you that it’s not that hard at all. It does ask for a bit of patience and playing with your settings to get the splash right but it is well worth the time. And of course, at least in my case, Adobe Photoshop did help a bit to get the result I wanted. You can read about my experience and the way I took it in Food Photography: Coffee Splash.
Now that you know how I got the shot, I thought I’d share with you how other people get it as well as show you some very inspirational splashing shots I came across recently. After I took this shot above I had a hard time envisioning splashing shots that are done in a different way and that’s why I did some research. I needed some inspiration and I wanted to see photos that tell story and not just show a splash. Here’s what I found.
Jeff Oien of Picture Zealot took this shot below, he titled it Milk Drop Splash In Coffee. On his Flickr profile he says he “used one auto slave Quantaray 900W flash at 16th power bounced on the wall and underneath the cupboard behind the coffee cup and a Canon 430EX II at 64th power to camera left but not far enough to the side. I had to stamp out some bright highlights. Black fabric for the background. Reflector to the right”. He also did some cropping and his settings were Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro at f/10, 200th sec, and ISO 200.
The one below is beautiful but its downside is that this a one-time shoot because, as I said in Food Photography: Coffee Splash, whatever goes up has to come down. If you try it more than once, you get a messy background, unless you work on a nonporous surface.
A great way to avoid messy surfaces is to take your cup outside. Tamerlana did just that and got some very lovely splashing shots.
While all these photos are very nice and their authors clearly have a good understanding of how to capture a splash, none of them told a story that I was after. I was after a splash photo that tells a strong story and I found one taken by Jay Sennott:
While we do have a splash in this photo, the splash itself is not the main part of the photo, it helps to tell a story, it enhances the photo in a discreet way and adds a ton of visual interest to otherwise average shot.
Which one you like the best?
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