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

Nice try, but no banana

Aced
I’ve seen quite a few shots recently involving playing cards and motion blur so though I’d have a go myself having borrowed a rather nice Manfrotto Tripod from a friend. I didn’t realise how hard this is to do by yourself !! – For those interested, the Flash was bounced off of the ceiling, and the exposure was metered for the ambient light minus around 1 stop.
Multiple test shots gave me a resultant shutter speed of 1/5 @ f6.3 which captured the movement of the cards quite nicely when I was able to get the timing right. Keeping an eye on the timer, and making sure the cards are within the frame was rather tricky, and I only ended up with two usable shots from 20 or so attempts

Sadly, my living room is too small to not have included the wall in the shot. I already had to clone out a bit of sofa behind me. This for me, makes this shot pretty much just below average, but at least it’s good practice. I thought about trying to remove the wall by copying or cloning in more floor, but my PS skills fall way too short to even attempt it.

Added to the list of shots to re-try properly at some point this year.