Granted some of you might be scratching their heads, trying to figure out what this is and, more so, as to the title ...
Yesterday afternoon I went for a quick shooting spree in the nearby park, sporting both the Canon 350D and Nikon D40. Was experimenting really, comparing results between the two, and trying out a couple of lenses. Coming up to the fairly-sized pond in the middle of the park, five strong spouts were shooting jets of water about 2 storeys high. So far so good, but when you are lucky and chance one solitary sunbeam backlighting one or two of the water jets, then you are talking Joe's language lol! I quickly mounted an external flashgun onto the D40 (on which I had some decent focal length, since the 350D had only the standard zoom lens on) and grabbed a few shots. Lighting was already pretty low and although I wanted to freeze some droplets, I still wanted to convey a strong sense of backlit water movement. After a few lightning trials, I settled down for a 1/125sec. shutter speed. My poor flashgun was firing away like a strobe, but it still delivered reasonably well given my eagerness to bag a worthy capture. Doing away with about 3 or 4 screamers, I netted 5 good shots, this one being my best pick of the lot.
And now for the title ..... if you look carefully at the shot, you might just notice the figure of a headless gentleman wearing a coat and carrying something in his left hand, not to mention that weird thing sticking out of his chest ..... the shoulders, the arms, the limbs and the coat are all there, except the head ..... which is what enticed me to title the shot in memory of that classic film (for those of you who love the spooky classics) "Sleepy Hollow" ... and all from a simple spout of water may I remind you!
I hope you like the shot and my very fertile imagination lol! Viewing larger should give you that bit more spooks lol!
f/6.3 @ 1/125sec
ISO 200 RAW
External fill-in flash