Last week’s 52frames photo challenge was fast shutter speed, and for those who wanted to up the challenge, waterdrop photography. I found quite a few instructional videos that provide plenty of insight into the process, and I must say I learned a lot.
First, it isn’t the shutter speed that matters, it is the flash speed, and not all flashes are high speed, fast enough to catch and suspend the water drop without any sense of movement.
Second, in order to fill the frame with the image my macro lens had to be close to the action, which meant it was getting splashed, and I was cleaning my lens every few drops.
Third, there are a few mechanical timers that can be purchased to make this whole job easier, but they are not cheap, so I stuck to the manual process, a small plastic bag of water, dripping into a dish. Timing the drip, tripping the shutter, and flash to catch that beautiful drop after it hits the water is not easy. One photographer warned that this challenge would take persistence, perseverance, and patience.
As I was sitting watching the water drip from the bag into the dish, I think I was about 1% successful in the beginning, but as I practiced my timing got better and I think by the time I had enough good shots to participate in the challenge I was getting about a 20% success rate.
I would say that I persistently persevered and while my patience was tested I resolved to get it right. It reminded me of my days’ figure skating. I, like everyone, practiced, we practiced the jumps and dance steps and routines, over and over and over again, until we got them right, then we would do them again.
I am not sure I will continue with water drop photography, but I am glad I embraced the challenge it was a wonderful learning opportunity.
From my great aunty’s silverware box, I have decided to clean the old “silver” and use some of the pieces for the study of light and still-life photography. A little battered, and the silver a little thin in spots these old spoons have a delicate curve. Building a mini home studio that favors the light of my east-facing windows, was one challenge, the next was to find an angle that was not full of reflections.
Dan Albergotti’s poem has me thinking of all the things I can do in my home;
“Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale”
Measure the walls. Count the ribs. Notch the long days.
Lookup for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires
with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals. Call old friends, and listen for echoes of distant voices. Organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. Look each way for the dim glow of light. Work on your reports. Review each of your life’s ten million choices. Endure moments of self-loathing. Find the evidence of those before you. Destroy it. Try to be very quiet, and listen for the sound
of gears and moving water. Listen for the sound of your heart.
Be thankful that you are here, swallowed with all hope,
where you can rest and wait. Be nostalgic. Think of all
the things you did and could have done. Remember
treading water in the center of the still night sea, your toes
pointing again and again down, down into the black depths.
—Dan Albergotti, The Boatloads
I think I am somewhere between listening for the sound of my heart and being nostalgic but moving on to thinking of all the things I am going to do, that I can do. Where might you be at this time? I would love to hear from you.
I have had plenty of time at home to play with the light and shadows, these shadows have been provided by Kim Klassen and added to the flowers as a layer in photoshop. I have followed Kim for quite some time now, she has re-opened Texture Tuesday. It seems like a perfect time to take some photos, old and new to experiment with adding textures to create new digital art. It is a great relief from watching the news.
I photographed a few old slides, this one dates back to 2001! Adding textures helped to create more dramatic colours and texture. I love that it looks more like a painting than a photograph.
If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this image. This beautiful little girl is now a beautiful mom with two little ones of her own. To create the digital image I photographed an old black and white image, then added one of Kim’s light textures to enhance the sun light coming through the window adding to the soft dreamy nature of the images.
Another image using light and texture from Kim’s collection, this one I wanted to as some text, experiment with adding a type layer to the image.
While we can’t physically stay close, I hope you can connect online, and help someone else feel they are your Sunshine.
So many great ways to capture the light, and use it in both old and new photos for Texture Tuesday! Kim is opening a new online program to explore light, texture, and text, and I am looking forward to all of this while as we stay close to home. I especially love this quote, “instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create” Roy T. Bennett.
I will leave you with one final image, an dried tulip, with light streaming through the curtain, it would seem that with there is beauty everywhere if we go looking for it.
take care, stay well, I would love to hear from you.
We were out for a long walk yesterday, 12 k along the city pathway, it was a beautiful day full of sunshine. Lots of people were out, staying a safe distance from each other, yet enjoying the fresh spring sunshine and getting some exercise.
This beautiful little heart, a message left on the sidewalk for all the neighbours to see. I love spring when the children’s start to bring out the sidewalk caulk and fill our world with colour.
What is your favourite sign of spring?