Hello there! Many "Thanks" for all your lovely comments on my last post. I do like reading them!
On Sunday whilst doing the weekly food shop in our new Waitrose I quickly scanned the magazines on the shelves and saw one called "Digital Photography". I flicked through it and saw an article on how to "Shoot with a Splash!" The article sounded like great fun and I thought that I could try to recreate the effect as displayed in the magazine. It would also help me to ascertain whether there was a problem with the camera or whether it was pilot error! I think now that the problem on Friday when I was at Wisley may have been due to the camera going from a cold environment to the hot glass house. Cameras don't like going from hot to cold - it takes them time to acclimatise. When I had started trying to take photos the lens had been covered in condensation.
Well, I purchased that magazine and set about building the studio! I placed a stool on the kitchen table, placed a pink sheet of scrapbook paper at the back, filled a small, clear plastic bag with water and tied a peg to stop the water spilling everywhere and then sellotaped it to the bottom of the stool. Next I got a Pyrex dish and placed some water in it. I then got a needle and popped a hole in the plastic bag to allow the water to drip through.
Experimenting with different settings on my camera I started snapping away.
I wish now that I had placed something underneath the Pyrex dish as you can make out the spotty oilcloth underneath but the overall effect is not too bad considering it was a first attempt.
All the photos were on the Manual setting, the aperture was mainly set at F22, the ISO at 800 and the shutter speed at 1/200. I had to use the flash and also the manual focus.
It's difficult to comprehend how the camera can give the impression that a water droplet is a witches hat.
I liked this experiment. I was always happy playing with water as a child too! I was really impressed with the magazine too and think that this one will be placed in the shopping trolley again!
A few more shots!
Almost like a weird poached egg!
Then I experimented with orange squash instead of water. I prefer the water shots although I may be tempted to try again with Ribena!
KP had her belated Birthday Party on Saturday. Here she is with her friends before we set off to the cinema to see Les Miserables followed by pizzas at Prezzo.
Well, that's it for now.
Until next time,