It's been a while since I have done one of these shots.. I remember when I first tried to capture this natural beauty, and I took 100's of shots.. That was in the earlier days of my project, which seems so long ago now.
This one took me roughly 20 shots to achieve.. I am a little rusty ;o)
Set up: the tap is dripping onto a upside down plate. The water depth is minimal, literally a skim on surface. The colouring is water & a couple of drops of food dye. The water crown is roughly 4mm wide max, so it is very small. The shot is slightly cropped to remove the edges of the plate, but no further processsing.
Settings: should be in the exif information. The key to achieving this shot is: I placed a normal writing pen on the plate exactly where the drips hit. With my camera on a tripod, macro lens, I used manual focus, and focused on the pen. I removed the pen and literally fired away. In order to achieve perfect focus, you can only do this by focusing manually as if you don't, auto focus tries to focus on the plate etc and not on the splash. The biggest tip i can give anyone wanting to try this is use a pen or spoon in the target area to get your focus perfect on the dripping water / splash area.. If you do not do this one thing, the chances are you will not achieve a good water crown.. Simples :o)
It's late here.. I need my bed.. I will catch up on your today's shots tomorrow..