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Dynamic fragmentation in the liquid state after shock-induced melting, usually referred to as micro-spallation, is an issue of great interest for both basic and applied sciences. Recent efforts have been devoted to the characterization of the resulting ejecta, which consist in a cloud of fine molten droplets. Major difficulties arise from the loss of free surface reflectivity at shock breakout and from the wide distribution of particle velocities within this cloud. We present laser shock experiments on tin and aluminium, to pressures ranging from about 70 to 160 GPa, with complementary diagnostics including a photonic Doppler velocimeter set at a small tilt angle from the normal to the free surface, which enables probing the whole cloud of ejecta. The records are roughly consistent with a one-dimensional theoretical description accounting for laser shock loading, wave propagation, phase transformations, and fragmentation. The main discrepancies between measured and calculated velocity profiles are discussed in terms of edge effects evidenced by transverse shadowgraphy.