Monday, 4 April 2016

Make a little splash!!!

Hi all,

Well I had a go at something a bit different, I took over the kitchen at home a tried a little water drop splash photography. I had never tried anything like it before and I watched a few YouTube videos to help me along the way. Such as First Man Photography

It seemed the advice was to start at a baseline of settings and experiment from there, so off I went and although the results are not fantastic, I enjoyed myself and got some pleasing results.

So the techy bit... I used my Canon 600D and tried 3 lenses, 55-250mm, 18-55mm and 50mm prime. As you will no doubt notice, I would have got better results had I used a dedicated macro lens but the budget won't stretch at the moment so I had to make do, although I have adaptors that could have helped but I forgot!! I also had my Yongnou YN560-III and wireless trigger close by to freeze the drops. I used a remote release cable so as not to job the camera and give me a better view as the drops fell.

I started with 1/200 shutter speed, f/8 aperture and ISO 200 and just fiddled around with those. As you can see below it wasn't the greatest setup but hey... I got results!!

I got some food colouring to add to the water hung a bag of water and made a tiny hole in it. I used a trick to get focus, by noting where the drops fell I placed a pen in the water, focused on that then switched to manual focus so I would lose the spot. That said I found getting a sharp focus really hard.

I cropped and adjusted exposure a little in Photoshop (another learning curve)...

Simple setup...

Change of colours

Back of the camera
I took lots of shots, timing being really hard!! My brain doesn't see things that quickly so a lot of it was hit and miss. Below are a couple of my favourites and this is something I am definitely going to try, although I will try my macro adaptors and put more thought into the set up as a whole. Anyway, hope you like them. Advice and critiques welcome as always.


Blue..
Pink..
Purple.. ish!!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A trip over the park...

It has been ages since I last posted and my apologies for that!!

Well, I had a trip over the park with my daughter recently and we both learned a big photography lesson... Oh and check out her blog and give her your support!!

Wild British Blogger

"I like it, who cares what anyone else thinks!!"

Yes, some of my shots are less than perfect, some are not sharp, some of the composition leaves a lot to be desired... You know what? I don't care!! I enjoy what I do and I like doing it!! Especially when I have great company!!

So.. below are a few of what I consider the nicer shots of our few hours over the park!!




Bluebells!!



Black and White bridge!!



A lovely lady Mallard!!



Ivy...
 
A local wild Parakeet!!


I have some new bits of kit, a new wide angle lens... a home studio setup and a couple of flash units. I'd like to try some new types of photography so watch this space.

Incidentally I am going on a day photography course at a local adult education centre soon, so hopefully I will pick up some help, tips and inspiration!!

See you all soon...