Title: Propeller Pink
Location: West Mersea, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: I spent a very enjoyable few hours pottering around West Mersea today, photographing the boats and poking around the boat yards. This propeller caught my attention from a vessel that was out of the water for repair.
Title: Diamonds And Mud
Location: Lambeth Bridge, London
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: I went for a walk along the Thames after work this evening – this is a little detail from the railings on Lambeth Bridge with the mud of low-tide Thames in the background.
As if single splash shots weren’t hard enough, today I decided to give myself even more of a headache and attempt a double splash shot – two collisions simultaneously from two vavles (I took delivery of a second Valve Sensor for the Camera Axe just after Christmas). There has also recently been an upgrade to the Camera Axe software to allow the control of two valves at once.
Timing and alignment are both crucial, as you might imagine. Whilst I have only really scratched the surface of what can be achieved with the pair, I’m quite pleased with the results from my first attempt. There weren’t many coherent collisions (as I have to work on the alignment being more accurate) but there are some more abstract shots – see in them what you will!
Favourite from the shoot was chosen for Day #1471 – one of the few coherent double collisions I did manage to capture today.
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):
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:
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.
The beginning of the month saw me continue my exploration of colour, finishing off the rainbow and moving on to pink, brown, black, grey and white. I also saw some great rugby, and revisited a couple of places I hand’t been for ages, looking for pictures.
I’ll kick off with some “near misses” that almost made it as shot of the day during April:
[Chemistry Student – having fun with a stencil and a desk lamp on Day #92]
[Button Reflection – a stray button reflected in some shiny blue card nearly made it on Day #93]
[Pearl Bokeh – taking a close look at a bracelet on Day #94]
[Meniscus – a few bubbles in a bottle of pop on Day #95]
[The Eye – a knotty bit of wood from Day #96]
[Ancient Weapon – a replica flint tool taken on Day #98]
[Mesh Bokeh – more fun with stationery and my desk lamp from Day #99]
[Cup Cake Cases – finished off my colour exploration on Day #101]
How has the month gone?
At times, I found it a little hard to keep up the momentum, especially with having exhausted so many ideas on the exploring colour themes. So by the end of the month, I did feel as if some of my pictures were just acting as fillers – Days #112, #113, #114 and #121 in particular! But I did have a few interesting days out. This image from a trip to Suffolk was quite pleasing:
[Drama & Clouds – a classic view with a classic sky at Snape Maltings on Day #103]
Saracens had a fantastic trip to the Heineken Cup Semifinals agains Munster in Coventry on Day #118. Unfortunately, they didn’t win and go through to the finals, but it was the last game I saw “HRH” Richard Hill play, the end of an amazing career at the top of rugby union. The picture I chose for the day showed plenty of action, but this one [left] shows all the emotion at the end of the game when fellow Saracen Mosese Rauluni comforts Hill as he walks round the pitch for final accolades from Sarries and Munster fans alike. Truely the End Of An Era. You’ll be sadly missed, Hilly!