Canon EOS 5D Mark II, f/5.6, EF 100mm 2.8L Macro Lens, ISO-400, Three external Speedlites powered by PocketWizards.

When pouring cream into a fresh cup of black coffee, I am always in awe watching the drizzle of white churning outward as it hits the surface. A while ago, I played a practical joke on my fiance involving food coloring and a toilet and again, I was amazed when the dark color dissipated in the water. So upon reading about the "Plunge" contest, I grabbed a fairly large vase and experimented with food coloring and water. I had no idea how difficult it would be to time the impacts with the shutter, but after about a hundred shots, I got the hang of it. Cleaning was not very pleasant either.


- Daniel Jang

I went to the pet store and bought a small fish tank for around 10 bucks and then scoured my house for objects to drop into the tank. My boyfriend finally came up with this smiley magic 8 ball. Since I dont have anything near pro lighting I wanted to shoot this on my back patio in indirect sunlight. I ended up having to set up something close to a blanket fort to serve as a studio and limit the reflections on the glass. I took tons of pictures with different subjects, but liked this one the best because it looks like the 8 ball is smiling up at the sky while he takes the plunge.


Canon Rebel T3i
ISO 1600 (oops)
shutter: 1/100

- Christina Crowner


1/500 sec

Penny Takes the Plunge

With limited equipment and budget, I wasn't sure I could do this shot
- technically. I know it could be better, but I'm pretty happy with


I used an aquarium, a simple gooseneck light with a bright daylight
spectrum bulb. I did continuous shots (no fancy electronics other than
that). You can imagine there were a LOT of shots with nothing but
water and some cool ripple shots, too. But there were a few gems. I
chose this one because it has some cool light bending - especially in
the reflection of the penny where it broke the surface.

This challenge was perfectly timed. My goal this weekend had been to
dismantle my aquarium - how convenient! I got two Day Zero Project
progress checks for the price of one.

Playing in the water was fun. I took some obligatory "dye in the
water" shots after this experiment, too.


Thanks for the challenge!

- Karen Tarlow


I took this with a SonyA55 using a manual 50mm prime lens from a MUCH older Minolta film camera and an adapter ring to get the smaller lens onto the larger ring on the Sony. I used a hand-made led ring light for illumination, and took the shot outside on the deck. I laid down a thick piece of tempered glass I had laying around in the basement and set a shot glass on it. I rigged the camera to do multiple exposures after a 10 second delay and poured water into the glass as soon as the camera started firing.

- Marvin Francois


I got my canon a couple of months ago and since then my life has changed.
For this picture that I took there are different points that I like about it, first is how the water stops on my hand and part of it continuing falling, background's light reflection is pointing at the moment of the impact, some of the tears is blurred and other is sharpened, I like how my hand is sharpened before hitting the water but after is blurred.
That will have to do, I could said more but there is no need to.

Tools: Canon 600D, Lens 135, Flash, Bucket, Water, Blue background, Person to help me with pouring the water.
(ISO:100 F-stop:5 E-time:1/200 sec
Photo name: Drop Em' Like Liquid.

- Muhammad Darwish


I found a $12 fish tank...after three stores and gave it a try, picking up a toy tiger in the process. Since I only have a single flash, I used a white reflector over the fish tank to even out the light and placed the flash at 1/4 power on the right front side.

Canon EOS 7D at f14 1/160 ISO 100 White Balance set for flash with EF 50mm lens manual focus.

-Brian Jones


Canon 7D with EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6
@ 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200

I've never entered a shooting contest on Gizmodo before, but I recently started a 365 photo project, so I'm going to be doing the contest for the next year. I did the whole setup and took the picture before I actually watched the video that the challenge was modeled after, and so I'm a little disappointed by how similar my ideas were to the tutorial. But what is impressive was the cheesy setup I used compared to the original. I have no lighting equipment like they used in the video, and was way to cheap to go out and buy a 10 gallon fish tank, so I used my portable light box for the base light, a floor lamp for the side light, and a 1 gallon children's first fish tank. I cranked the ISO up to ridiculous levels and voila, here is my result.

- Nicholas Badger


I have previously experimentet with "dropping things into water" pictues and had found out that if the norwegian "1 krone" coin hits the water surface totally flat, a water jet gets propelled upwards throgh the hole. I managed to capture that effect in a couple of pictures this time too, and altough looking good there wasn't anything more to the pictures than just that waterjet. The picture I ended up with isn't what I was after in the first place but appeals to me as it is very open for interpretation. My girlfriend had a very nice interpretation with the upper splash resembling a walking stickman. Said stickman walks on top of the world which is filled up with money, while the world is disintegrating on the bottom.

This picture was shot with a Nikon D7000, Sigma 30mm, 1/160 second exposure @ f13, ISO 320.


- Stefan Schlomilch


This was my second time doing high-speed flash photography; so I headed to Petco once again and got a fish tank for about $18 and decided to used my old Apple mouse as my victim. My setup was really simple, one SB-700 and white cardboards for background and fill. Shot with my Nikon D90 and my 50mm 1.8, at 1/200 f8.

- Carlos Garrido


I have been playing around with hi-speed photography recently. Been thinking about shooting two streams of water against each other, but don't know another guy comfortable enough to pee directly at me while I do the same. Was looking at my tool set and noticed the dual barrels of my epoxy. I then went to brush my teeth and I slipped and hit my head against the bathroom sink. Then it hit me. Flux Capacitor.

This is a $20. Home Depot repurposed rig. Small clear hose, cut into (2) 6" lengths, metal plate thingy with a hole in it, some type of plumbing fittings, and an ass-load of epoxy holding it all together (needed the empty epoxy tube). I used the empty epoxy tubes to force water through two small plastic hoses to to fittings pointed at each other. I actually tried to use my camera axe laser trigger, but the timing was a bitch. I actually shot this by hand on my second try. Felt really lazy after all that set up, so I'll just leave this unevenly lit exposure for now. Will be experimenting with two colors in the future with the epoxy tube. D90. Stock 18-105 (damn I need a macro), full manual at f/11 200iso. Shot in the dark with a 15 sec exposure—long enough for me to fumble with the plunger with one hand and manually fire the flash with the other. Flawed, but it feels good to imagine something, make it, and then have the results somewhat work.

The SB-600 was set to 1/64 power and utilized a very sophisticated paper towel diffuser. The shutter speed was 1/200.


- David

This was taken in the evening in my backyard pool, at about five feet
deep. I jumped in wearing full clothing, mostly Louis Vuitton, where I
dove down sideways into the water. He was using a Canon EOS 5D with an
underwater casing, also had external flashes with light triggers
surrounding the edge of the pool. The shot was then processed by me in
Photoshop where color was corrected, the fish and shark were added.
Also the Louis Vuitton print ad motif was added for effect. Image was
interned to replicate a Louis Vuitton ad in an unique underwater form.


Thanks! Hope you guys like our work!

- Ian Nott & Leigh Dunne


Lately I've been spending a lot of time messing with LEDs and wanted to use them in this week's challenge. I placed a blue LED on the bottom of the glass so it would light up the rim of the glass. Then I added a couple drops of food coloring just before I dropped the quarter in. 56 photos later and I got this one.
Camera Model Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed 1/400
Aperture 5.0
ISO Speed 640
Lens EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length 48.0mm

- Robert Lundskow


Camera: Samsung NX 100
Lens: Samsung 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED i-Function Lens
ISO: 200
EV: -3.0


I've never done a shooting challenge before, but I've always enjoyed seeing every single submission to past shooting challenges. I completely understand if I don't make it into the submissions at all at this point, since my image does not involve water or any other liquid, but the reason I am submitting this is because this shooting challenge helped me a LOT in my photography skills. To make a long story short, I spent about 5 hours of trial and error, figuring out the best lighting situations and camera settings to take a perfect 'freeze frame' style shot. This shot is taken in the corner of my room, with one circular bowl light facing directly away from the corner, while I use my flash to illuminate the object. I only had the other bowl light on so I could see what I was doing, without disturbing the flashes bright light. I learned that if I used more direct light (IE: the mounted flash I own), rather than lots of standing lights shining on the area, that the brightness of the shot improves drastically. Thanks again for inspiring me with this shooting challenge to expand on my photography skills!


-Ryan Woodman

A Canon Rebel T3 with the kit lens (18-55mm) was used. The picture was originally shot with a white background but the curves feature of Photoshop was used to make the image appear to have a black background. The object being dropped is an apple, and the image was taken without any special flashes. A living room lamp and a fishtank hoodlight were the lighting elements. Camera Settings [ISO: 1600], [Aperture: 5.6], [Shutter Speed: 160]


- Sharushan Kumaralingam

Hey Giz,

I found it quite ironic that this challenge arose due to the fact that morning I was working on capturing water droplets. So, needless to say I was in the mindset for the plunge. I scoured the house looking for things to drop and came across some lemons cut for sweet tea (southern guy here). Taking a lemon and setting up the scene similar to the water droplet capture, I snapped away and came out with a few good pics.I named it lemon drop for obvious reasons and also it is the name of a popular shot. I used my Nikon D7000, 18-55 kit lens, and off camera flash set at 1/16 bounced off the wall. Settings were: ISO 100, f5.6, and a shutter of 1/160. Enjoy.


- Tyler Upton

itle: Ball In Bowl

One bowl. One ball. One tripod. Four lights. Never will I forget the one hundred drops of a single, yellow, foam, golf ball. Water all over the floor. Camera dripping from backsplash. Trying to focus on the bottom of the bowl and consistently out of habit focusing on the object. Feeling as though I am being watched through my window with the four lights surrounding the bowl as I drop the foam golf ball over and over. Never will I regret spending my evening on this! Some people hangout with friends, others drop balls into bowls for hours on end.


Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: 28-70L
Shutter: 2000
Aperture: 2.8
ISO 400

- Geo Westlake


I dropped a tennis ball from a height of about four feet into a fish tank full of water. I was surprised at how far it penetrated the water, considering its light weight. All things considered, I think that this makes for a pleasing composition; with the tennis ball framed nicely at the bottom.

ISO 400

- Peter Glitsch


Good Day! Here are some shooting information about the picture:

Camera Used: Sony a200
Lens Used: 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
ISO: 200
Aperture Setting @ f/5.6
Shutter Speed @ 1/1600s

This picture was taken during our Intramural at our school, I was invited to take some shots of the contestants and the said event.
Out of all the photos that I captured during the event, I think this was the best one of all.
It's a good thing to use a telephoto lens with this kind of sports because, like this picture, I got some dramatic scenes, in the background and on the picture.



-Eljay Inocencio