Posts by tag: reflections

Crowning Glory

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 10th July 2011

I had been hoping to get some crowns with my water splash shots but hadn’t had much luck making any. But I asked around on the High Speed Flash group on Flickr and got some good tips, so thought I would have another go.

Setup shot from the front

Setup shot from the front

This time, I was using skimmed milk with red, green or blue food colouring. It was dropped from 40-60cm with the pippette, onto a sheet of opaque perspex. I used one YN560 @ 1/64 with my new DIY gridded snoot to throw light onto the droplet landing zone.

Setup shot from side/behind

Setup shot from side/behind

This was lit from behind with one YN560 @ 1/16 through my DIY softbox and opaque perspex sheet, which gave a nice even illumination. As before, I was using ISO 200, 1/200 and f/16 which gave a blank frame without firing the flash.

Crowns weren’t evident with every drop, but I was getting them reasonably regularly. Still there was a lot of patience required though! Here are some of the best images from the session:

Almost A Double Crown

Almost A Double Crown

Mini Crown And Reflection

Mini Crown And Reflection

Beginnings Of A Crown

Beginnings Of A Crown

Low Profile

Low Profile

Blue Crown

Blue Crown

Into the drop zone

Into the drop zone

I’m pleased with these considering they were timed by hand, but I still need to be able to hold the pippette in place – I’ve just ordered a retort stand and some clamps from eBay which should help.

My favourite was one of the red images for Day #1286.

October ’10 Review

Posted by Caz on Monday, 1st November 2010

As promised in the round up of my Scottish trip, I managed to get my Hebridean Landscapes book put together and published this month, so I’m very pleased with progress!

Photographically it was all a bit slow apart from a great autumn weekend in Bath at the end of the month. However, a few shots which stood out during the rest of the month were these:

Pavement Abstract

Pavement Abstract

The Deceiver

The Deceiver

Pavement Abstract was a strong candidate for Day #1023. It was taken after a heavy storm in London, whilst I was walking around Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The sun came out and the pavement shone.

The Deceiver was found in the woods on Galleywood Common one day when I went out on a fungi hunt on Day #1025 – apparently it’s edible!

I also spent a pleasant, if cold, Saturday in Great Notley Country Park looking for some geocaches and taking pictures. The image I chose for Day #1027 was specifically for one of my Treasure Hunt themes (which must be pic of the day), but I actually like this one better, pictorially speaking:

In The Shadow Of The Kestrel

In The Shadow Of The Kestrel

And this image is a closeup of the plaques around the base of the kestrel, given some toning treatments in Photoshop:

Plaques

Plaques

March Review

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 5th April 2008

March seemed to fly by. We had variable weather – some days were a complete washout, but others gave us a bit of sun; then we had snow on Easter Sunday! Early in the month, I inviested in a new lens, which I’ve been using whenever possible since. I’m pleased with the resutls so far. And mid-month, I had the pleasure of meeting two of my 366-buddies when I visited Sussex for a conference. Great to put faces to the names, just a pity the weather wasn’t better for us!

I’ll kick off with some “near misses” that almost made it as shot of the day during March:

[Reflected Reality – the reflection is rather more pleasing than the 1960’s concrete monstrosity is in real life. This nearly made it for Day #65]

[Overhanging – Loved the shadow of these trees on the field, and the added bonus with blue skies and fluffy clouds. I found this view during my walk around Greensted on Day #63]

[All Triangles was a nice architectural detail I found whilst wandering round Thaxted on Day #71]

Weekly Themes

As well as the informal weekly themes the 366 Flickr group has been setting (which are entirely optional), I’ve been pursuing my own mini theme starting at the end of the month, and exploring single-colour pictures made at home with a bit of creative table top photography. I’ve been enjoying the challenge. Here are the close-seconds from each day of Red, Orange, Yellow and Green (the other colours continue into April):

[Endless String – a piece of cord, just how it fell, taken on Day #88]

[Gerbera & Shadow – I liked this imperfect specimen and its shadow on Day #89]

[Regimented – a play with some map pins and a desk lamp on Day #90]

[Cola With A Twist Of Lime – light and shade on a plastic glass, during Day #91]

How has the month gone?

I seem to have been very prolific in March, taking many more images than during February. And my little colour challenges have been making me get creative with bits and pieces found around the house, always a good fall back for days when you don’t have a lot of time to go out and find pictures – stay home and make some instead.

I hope you are still enjoying my journey, and hope you will stay to see what April brings.