A Glass full of Green…….

Raise a glass of Green

For St Patricks Day……

Playing with the flashguns again. After last week’s attempt with a dark background thought I’d try against a white one this time.
Used both flashes on around 1/16 power to blow out the reflector, with the glass gaffer taped to a breadboard. I learnt today that wet Gaffa tape isn’t actually that sticky, and it’s a lot harder to blow out the background and keep the glass exposed than I thought it would be in the space I had available (Glass was probably only around 12 inches in front of the background).

Had quite a lot of Tidying up to do on the background.

Another Glass of Green

Sparkling Water……

Sparkling Water

Bit of a rush job on the background, and still needs a bit of work to sort out the random reflections. With limited kit and for a first attempt with both water and a dark background (with no backdrop) was quite pleased with the result.

Taken on a kitchen worktop, I stood the glass on a reflector cover, black side up.
I had the 430EX on 1/8 power behind (and firing through) a white reflector to the left of the glass, and a snooted YN something flash on the second lowest power setting (I’m assuming 1/32), to the right. The snoot was a homemade one but did a good job of keeping the light off the wall behind.

Camera was on the tripod with a cheap ebay remote release. Water was poured from a normal jug, as I hit the button.

A Glass, not full, not interesting, just a glass.

Was pondering whether this evening was to be a beer or wine evening, and suddenly became inspired to attempt something new to me.
Have had a couple of flashes for a while and aside from a bit of fill in when shooting outdoors, and the odd balanced portrait indoors I’ve never attempted to master a studio type setup. For a first go was quite pleased with this attempt, though I suspect a piece of glass or perspex would have made for a better background than the Mac and a piece of A4.

For those interested there was a 430EX, triggered wirelessly @ 1/32 on the background (the plain A4) Camera right and just a tad closer to the background than the glass.

Camera left, was a YN460-II on lowest power setting with a homemade snoot (piece of black foam and an elastic band, triggered as a slave from the speedlite.

Camera settings were 1/160 @ f16, ISO 400 (which was an error because I never checked what it was from last time I was shooting – F/16 @ 100ISO would have been better).

Canon 30D (seen better days but still firing)
Canon 50mm f1.8

Hope someone finds this helpful, and although it’s not technically perfect and isn’t a particularly interesting shot of a glass, it’s a start.

May try some water / glass combinations later on if I get time.

An empty glass.

Messing about with the tubes again

November – Right. Crappy weather busy at work and aside from the Football I don’t think I’ve taken a photo for fun for months.
Someone on the talkphotography forums had asked a few questions about Kenko Tubes so I dragged mine out of the bag and had a play….
Nothing special but not a bad result for 10 minutes titting about. The one with the flash underneath will be interesting to play with and try to recover some of the stamen detail…..

Gerbera, with Kenko......

Orange Gerbera

The Scream

Imagine my delight when the humdrum and otherwise normal Thursday evening of pointless TV was interrupted by the discovery of a dead fly.
Armed with the off camera flash, wireless triggers ant a 12mm Kenko Tube, I first drew some stick like pictures and posed the corpse. You know the stuff, staircases, horses etc.
None of these were particularly good, so I just tried different angles for the flash, at different power settings until I came up with this.

Can’t be bothered to do much processing so you get it here in all it’s dead, and decaying glory….. Quite like the ‘expression on it’s poor dead face.

The Scream

Iced water and processed peas

Watery Abstracts

Following on from the plain droplet shots I found myself with another spare few minutes and tried something completely new…..

Learned quite a bit.

1) clean the glass, then clean it again
2) Frozen peas don’t make much of a splash
3) trying to drop things in a glass of water and photograph them at the same time is tricky
3) clean the glass, then clean the glass again
4) clean the glass
5) Bubbles form in the water without dropping anything in – nuisance.
6) Clean the glass.

Watery Abstracts