Lovely photos and something I want to try. Thus far I have only used stationary water drops. I would be interested in learning more about your setup.
Here is a guest blog I did some time ago with my initial setup and some of my first shots - http://www.ronmartblog.com/2011/12/high-speed-drop-photographygetting.html
I have changed my setup since considerably, but I still use the same table, stands, tripod, and bar. The following are differences between the two setups.
- I now drop things to a DIY light table.
- I use three siphons instead of one - and I built my own contraption to hold + adjust them.
- I use three flashes instead of two. I can support up to seven flashes and have plans to buy four more.
- I have a lot more solutions for backgrounds now.
I will likely do another guest blog when the full setup is done. Besides the polarizing change and flashes, I need to buy new light stands as the current ones have a hard time with the weight. I use Chinese flashes. My current ones are the 565 but the four new ones will be the 568. Ironically the Chinese flashes have been more dependable than my Canon ones. The miniport on my 580EX II broke so I now fire it via hotshoe. My 580EX has a sync problem so I can no longer use it for high speed.
On the side I also purchased the new high speed shutter from Cognisys and am in the process of building a contraption to use it. I plan to use it for insects in flight.
As you can tell, most of my budget now goes to high speed photography. I'm rather glad Canon hasn't released any interesting lenses in awhile.