Indoor Fireworks

Sparklers - more random abstract oddness

Fairly sure you shouldn’t play with fireworks indoors but it was raining. Only had two that I found in a cupboard earlier, and they must have been really old as they fizzed rather than sparkled.

Net result was that I managed to balls up the exposure (they were seriously underexposed) so any editing has seriously degraded the IQ. Tried something different on this one – Created loads of layers and rotated each one a bit…… Might work for star trails but not so good with sparklers indoors…….

Sparklers - more random abstract oddness

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.