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Splashing Water Photography

Updated on July 8, 2013
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You have heard of phoon photography where a subject is photographed while he or she poses as if they were running through a scene. Another photographic project which is also as much fun to do as phooning is splash photography.

Mostly the realm of inanimate subjects for quite a while, it has now become very popular in its application to other photographic styles or genres such as weddings, sports, birthdays and general photographic themes. It works very well with still life or rather inanimate objects and just as well with people. It can be used as a funny medium in which subjects are represented in comical situations while splashing, or it can be more subtle, romantic and even sensual.

There are several variations to this style; comical when the model is fully dressed in clothing which is typical for other situations such as a wedding gown or a tuxedo. Romantic as when a couple or an attractive model in found creating some subtle splashes and found within a "romantic setting' like a calm river bed at dusk. Sensuous like a very attractive semi nude model splashing water and where with careful framing or digital manipulation the water is strategically placed to cover the more sensitive areas; nudity is insinuated not fully completely revealed. This particular mode is the most difficult since one should take many images until the water splash is gotten just right, makeup has to be waterproof and should also be professionally applied, not to mention privacy issues that are ever present when any sort of nudity is done in an outdoor public venue.

A large majority of photographic projects are better done in a studio setting where the photographer is in full control of the elements. This theme is better done out of the studio with your camera set up and some light sources and off course the model.

Choose which theme to portray; elegant, sensual, funny, strange and so on. Carefully scout the location; pools are very comfortable and practical but better photographs are always obtained in a naturally occurring water source such as the beach, a river, lake, spring. The images should be done in a medium format to also include parts of the surrounding area and to ensure that most of the water splashes are recorded by the film or digital sensor. Therefore unless the pool vista is elaborate and attractively set up, they should be avoided, unless your project involves a higher degree of risque elements and if so the theme will probably become something else and will lead to a much smaller audience thus limiting your exposure potential.

This theme will require a certain level of preparation since if the initial images are not acceptable to you, the shots should be repeated until they are so. Prepare everything you would normally have available for a day at the beach. Discuss the shoot with the models and explain what type of images you are looking to capture such as a model running into the water and jumping in to create the splash, the type of look that your model should emphasize with her facial features when creating the splash, how big of a splash to create and so forth. Keep in mind that water does not always cooperate and splashes can end up covering the face or other critical parts of your shoot and should them be repeated.

A good source of inspiration is to browse over samples of similar photographic projects to more or less develop your own inspiration and perhaps to do some sample shots without all th elements so as to get a rough idea of how the water reacts and its general movements.

rivers foam rapids splashing in public domain image category: river is in public domain.
rivers foam rapids splashing in public domain image category: river is in public domain. | Source

Unless you undertake this theme for a specific event such as for a wedding or for any other privately contracted event, most of the resulting images will be best suited for the general photography industry and as a way of practicing the art.

However, there are some themes on which this technique can be applied that are commercially viable such as for calendar production but these will probably be geared towards an adult population or to be used by some Internet site providers.

There are also many photographic stock houses which may be interested in carrying your photographs but do a prior check with any of them before submitting anything.Use your judgment as to what type of images you want to pursue.

There are photo projects that appear similar in scope to this one and mostly involve photographing images of something, usually for a food photo shoot, falling or being dropped into water and recording the moment of the splash, This theme involves using people and a splash created by them.

However, if you see any incidental water splashing such as that created by animals then add their images to the project since their water splashing can also make for good images.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      kim 59: Thank you for your nice comments

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      kim 6 years ago

      Great job,you got great shots with perfect quality mode.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      SnapHappy:Thank you

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thank you Lynn; Your list of things to do must be getting quite large by

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      SnapHappy 6 years ago from U.S.A.

      great photo!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      Great info Luis. Love the samples and another on my list of things to try.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thanks: FLoraBreenRobinson

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Cardisa: Thank you, BTW I've seen that you've been very active

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I think I'd be more likely to photograph animals splashing in the water than people. People produce too much splash, I think-I don't want to get wet myself.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Water is great so I can just imagine water photography, at the river, the beach, swimming pool, you name it. Love this one Luis.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      randomcreative: Thank you

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Another great topic! I love the idea of photographing people in the water.