Colliding Water Droplets

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Single water droplets falling into a glass. The first one splashes back up just in time to collide with the second one, falling from above. High-speed photography of these collisions requires precise timing, calculations, and luck:

Awesome, isn’t it? I have a special device for triggering my camera at the precise time, as well as coordinating the water droplets. The Camera Axe 5 with the valve sensor is very much a necessary tool to make these collisions happen, but even still I took over 700 images to get the 7 that I am showing here. Lots of fun experimenting, especially with background refraction:

Check out the gallery below, and let me know what you think! (and I know – it has been forever since my last update. Don’t worry, there are interesting things to post soon!)


  1. December 6th, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Very cool!

  2. James
    December 8th, 2011 | 7:39 am


  3. Meme & Pepe
    December 8th, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Hi Don

    What a unique idea to experiment with. I love them.
    My favorite is the Crystal collison [5].
    love ya

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