Finally Blogging

I’ve been meaning to start blogging for a while now and whilst I come up with things I want to write about, I never seem to find the time to sit down and actually write it.  Obviously, now coursework deadlines are looming, it’s an excellent time!

Right now I’m at my parents’ house, catching up on some video-editing and essay-writing so there hasn’t been as much getting out with my camera as I’d like.  I did take a bit off time out yesterday to take some shots of water though.  I wanted to try to freeze the motion, and after a little research I found a very easy way of doing it with the limited resources I have with me right now: my DSLR, tripod, and one flash gun, plus a few items from around the house.

Blue Water Droplet

No editing aside from the removal of a tiny distracting water droplet!

Turquoise Water Droplet

Again, minimal editing - this time a little sharpening

Red Water Droplet

Absolutely no editing!

All shots were taken at f8.0, 1/200 seconds, with TTL Flash on my Nikon D90 + Sigma f2.8 50mm macro.  There was barely any editing involved in these shots, in particular I did no colour adjustments! The colour was created by using either blue or red paper behind the droplet, and by altering the white balance setting to ‘tungsten’ to get the darkest blue shot.  I’ll be giving this another go when I get back to uni I think since I didn’t spend all that long on it – I’d like to try to capture the crown of water that occurs; I achieved a couple of shots but the depth of field was a little too narrow so it wasn’t all in focus.

Anyway, they’re a totally different type of photograph to what I usually like to take (wildlife and landscape), but it was still really good fun to experiment!

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