Water droplet shapes

Had some fun at the weekend, playing with my new wireless flash triggers, a kitchen sink and some water.¬† Was a bit slapdash with the setup in that I didn’t clean the sink or worry too much about the choice of lens.¬† Basic setup was;

  • Camera – Canon 30D attached to a very very cheap sub ¬£10 tripod.
  • Flash – Canon 430ex, with cheapy wireless trigger/receivers
  • Sink – One scratched and dirty stainless steel kitchen sink
  • Breadboard – One scarred and scratched wooden one (propped against the taps and used as a reflector for the flash)
  • Water, around 2 pints of, sloshing around the bottom of the aforementioned sink.
  • Was going to use my remote shutter release as well (for the very first time since I bought it several months ago, but decided not to.¬† Setting wise, the flash was in manual mode, dialled down to 1/16th power.¬† The Camera was in Manual, with Aperture set at¬†f7.1/f8.0 and a shutter speed of 1/250, focal length was 50mm using the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8

    So, with the tap dripping slowly, and the flash aimed squarely at the breadboard, I proceeded to attempt shutter murder by firing off a hundred or so shots. Most of them were rather uninpiring captures of an empty sink, but one or two were worth keeping. Next time I try this, I’ll be making sure the sink’s clean and I’m going to invest in sometheing a little more colourful as a reflector !!

    Water Droplet - Pointy Finger beckoning

    Photographers Rights And The Law In The UK – the law and photography

    Photographers Rights And The Law In The UK – the law and photography.

    To provide some balance to the previous post, I thought it prudent to include this one.¬† Sadly, given the number of similar stories that regularly appear in the local and national papers, along with personal experiences of some of my peers over at the forums this information just doesn’t seem to have been taken onboard by a lot of the PCSO’s and regular officers on the beat.

    I would also offer the suggestion that when confronted by angry parents/policemen/general public, waving a printed copy of these about and shrugging your shoulders isn’t likely to help.¬† Yes, we as photographers, should stant up for our rights but we should do this by way of education rather than meeting aggression with aggression.

    Nothing works better than a reasoned and sensible conversation, offer to show the antagonist(s) your photographs if you think it might help, and try and reason with them.

    If, of course, reason fails, there’s always the old fashioned clip round the ear with the tripod apprioach !.

    Send me the bill – Suddenly popular

    For some unknown reason, a photo of mine that’s never ever been viewed on Flickr at all, has suddenly started to get some hits.¬† All of the sources for this are “unknown” so it will remain a mystery as to why it’s suddenly become so popular.

    Send me the bill.......

    I’ve no idea what make or model this bird is.¬† The kids called it Pinocchio, because of it’s massive beak.¬† Not the best photograph in the known universe by a long shot.¬† If I find out why it’s got popular, I’ll let you all know.