Tuesday, 5 February 2013

I've Been Playing with Water ...

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,



  1. What fabulous photos, great effects. I think I like the first one best. Glad that KP enjoyed her party. Eleanor enjoyed Les Miserables so much that she went to see it again on Sunday with her friend.

  2. I'm in awe of these photos. They are stunning. Well done. Ribena, orange squash, witches' hats - such fun. They are very calming.

    Hope JP & co enjoyed Les Mis & Prezzo.

  3. These are great! I've seen lots of these water shots on the 365 project site but have never had a go myself.

    Glad you enjoyed my latest post, I just wanted to let you know that I've uploaded a short video of Birchen Edge to the post - another blogger put it on his page earlier and allowed me to use it - just in case you were interested :)

  4. Well you have been having fun photographing water splashes. I love photos 2 and 3 which make the images look like slow motion!
    Thanks for your recent visit to my place!

  5. Goodness me - what a wonder! I have no idea about photography so very envious of your skills - super stuff
    Best wishes

  6. Those photos are amazing, the sort to be enlarged and framed - they'd make such a dramatic picture on the wall. I love them.

  7. Wow! Well done June, these just are amazing. Ribena ones could be fun too. Happy belated birthday to KP. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  8. congratulate yourself - those shots are STUNNING! I wanna try! Take your hankies to the film (I started silent (slightly gulping) sobbing almost from the start - hum).
    Thanks for visiting us and taking the time to leave a comment. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

  9. Fantastic results, and your first attempt too. You must be over the moon with them - very well done.

  10. Great pics. I love the building a studio description, can just picture it!
    Happy birthday KP!
    Ellie x

  11. Wow what lovely photos you must of had a lot of fun.Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.xx

  12. A=MAY-ZING photos!
    Loved the ones of the cats on your last post too, their faces are so full of character.
    Lisa x

  13. Outstanding photos. Did you have help with them?

  14. I love seeing your experiments those photographs are amazing. I hope you will show them to your class.
    Sarah x

  15. These photos are amazing! Well done. You've captured the splash so well, they are really something.

    Gillian x

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