Chelmsford Photowalk #37

A couple of us enjoyed a trip to Heybridge Basin today for an impromptu photowalk. The weather wasn’t great, but it was nice to get out for some fresh air.

Mudscape, Heybridge Basin
Mudscape, Heybridge Basin
Under Canvas
Under Canvas

Here are the rest of my pictures from the outing:

Found All The Treasure

One of the fun side projects I’ve been doing during 2011 is the Treasure Hunt – I had to find images to fit 75 different themes throughout the year. The first 12 were tied to each month, the rest could be taken any time. I rather enjoyed the search, and it gave me ideas for pictures during the year when I was a little short of inspiration. Here is a mosaic of them all for you to enjoy:

Treasure Hunt 2011
Treasure Hunt 2011

Water Splashes – Improvements

I enjoyed another water splash session in the studio yesterday. At last I think I’m making progress in terms of getting good shapes and more coloured lighting. The flash setup was pretty similar to this, but I was using various coloured gels on the perspex in the background, and the blue drips were plopping into a blue coloured bowl below, rather onto a hard surface. Here is a fun one to start with (milk rather than blue-coloured water):

Big Red Crown, Little White Crown
Big Red Crown, Little White Crown

There are so many variables you can tweak that it’s a good idea to just experiment with one thing at a time. Today I was seeing what happened with using drop 2 at about 75% the size of drop 1. The answer – interesting stuff! The collision “hats” seem to get thinner and longer tendrils appear. It also helps to add a few drops of Rinse Aid to the pool they are splashing into. Here are a selection of the best ones which nearly made it for Day #1443:

Asymmertic Umbrella
Asymmertic Umbrella
Ripple Top
Ripple Top
Suspence
Suspence
Man In Top Hat
Man In Top Hat
Big Blobs
Big Blobs

With my current valve sensor setup, the depth of water in the valve reservoir is also pretty critical – once the initial measurements are done, the timings can vary wildly if the head of pressure changes too much – so I was tending to keep it topped up between 25-30ml for each shot. This gave me much more consistency and stopped me from going mad. I really need to build a Marriotte syphon to get around this issue. But that’s for another day.

Playing With My Food

It might be fair to say that I enjoy playing with my food from time to time. There’s nothing better than a photoshoot after which you can eat the subject! Today I had an idea for some splash shots showing a runny boiled egg and soldiers…

Eggy Ball And Spike
Eggy Ball And Spike
The Egg Monster Is Stealing My Toast!
The Egg Monster Is Stealing My Toast!
Eggy Crown
Eggy Crown

There was no way I was letting sticky egg yolk anywhere near my valve sensor – that would be a sure way to bung it up for good. So I improvised with skimmed milk and yellow food dye. The results looked quite convincing!

Incidentally, I got to eat the hard-boiled egg yolk before the shoot this time – as I wanted it out of the egg but left the white to contain the splashes nicely.

This set follow on well from my Coffee Cliché series. I can see the basis of a theme developing – watch out for more in future!