Ellis Vener , Oct 16, 2000; 04:16 p.m.
The easiest way to set this up will be to use a dark background and milk not water. You will need a very short flash duration so you'll need to set the flash to a minimum power setting in manual, 1/32nd or 1/64th power. Set the shutter speed to "B" and the aperture to the appropriate setting (start by usingthe flash's distance scale for flash to subject distance. It usually looks better IMO when the light is off to the side). having prefocused on the spot (once again do this in manual mode), darken the room and open the shutter and let the drop fall. It is best to have adropper or pipette fixed in one place obviously. You'll have to play some with the height to get the velocity right, also as I recall the depth of the fluid that is your target. Your flash should be set off by some sort of motion detector, possibly one with an adjustable delay. Two companies make these devices that I know of but I'm sure there are more. The two companies I am thinking of are Dale, who make (or made) the "Dalebeam". The other company is LPA Designs. Expect to burn some film getting just the right shot. Don't forget to close the shutter after the flash and before you turn on the room lights. Make notes!