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Welcome to my humble offerings; I can't believe that I have now been a member of this site for slightly over three years, the time has flown by. I am still very much a novice when it comes to photography, but with a larger Portfolio Grin; from which you can see all my mistakes and hopefully some of my improvements. Those improvements can be credited to this site; viewing other peoples excellent work offers motivation to emulate and therefore improve. I have learnt a great deal from other members who have been so generous with their experiences and expertise, for which I offer my undiluted thanks.

I have much to learn and would appreciate the input of members on this site.

When I first joined the site I was using a bridge camera, then my beloved Nikon D3200 and could barely turn it on. I have now added a Nikon D800. That's not to say my D3200 is now out of favour; it definitely has its place and will still make appearances on this site.

Thanks to the members on this site I feel as though my photography has improved a great deal. However, the one thing I have really learnt is that photography is a subject that you can never stop learning about and you shouldn't be in too much of a hurry regardless of enthusiasm.

Photography not only records events, but it is definitely an art form in its own right judging from the images I have had the pleasure of viewing on this site.
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  • Water brolly

    The camera angle is much better and I really like the mercury look of the water reservoir. The next stage is focusing, this one is relatively sharp and many don't achieve this level of sharpness, so give yourself some credit. That said, the sharper you can get it the better the overall result will be; here is what I do.........

    Initially I use to focus on one object placed where I thought the water drop entered the water and it does work to a large extent, but it never gave tack sharp results. So now I use two items to help with the focusing. A ruler is good and probably more helpful that just a flat stick or similar item because you can actually see the measurements through the view finder. Hence lay the ruler across your vessel and allow a drop to fall, ideally you want the drop to fall on the front edge of the ruler, if it doesn't, move the ruler not the equipment, unless it really does need to be adjusted.

    Given that you are using a macro lens, you are probably closer than I am to your equipment, which in theory at least should make it easier for you to take another straight object, a knitting needle works well, which you need to hold in the water, perpendicular to the ruler, but at the back of the ruler not at the front, as close as possible lined to the centre of where the drop hit the ruler. It can be a bit tricky, because the last thing you want to do is move the ruler, mainly because it results in a lot of swearing Grin. While holding the stick or knitting needle ot what ever you chose as perpendicular as possible focus using the view finder, not the LCD screen. Your focus point should not be at the intersection of the two focusing aids but slightly above because of course your collision is going to rise above the water line, clearly a smaller aperture will help to gain sharp focus over a larger area, but this can make it difficult to focus, depending on your ambient lighting conditions, so when focusing, the aperture is best wide open. Once you are happy with the focus, lock your focus and then, don't forget to shut the aperture down.

    I often use a landscape frame, but this is mainly because I have a very large sensor and have the luxury of cropping significantly if I need to, but given your desire to achieve height, I strongly recommend a portrait frame.

    The food colouring adds some definition here, but it is very subtle, not sure what type of food colouring you used, but, after using general food colourings, I found some powdered colourings on Ebay, no I don't get paid by Ebay, you can purchase them collectively in assorted colours. As always with this genre of photography the colour depth that works for you is about trial and error.

    Once you have determined your colour scheme and you like the clarity that water gives, you can vary it by adding a smidgin of milk to give an opaque presentation, hence do some with just water and then add a touch of milk, you could try just adding the milk to the water that will drop and not include it in the reservoir for variations.

    You asked previously about getting variations of shapes, this is the part where you really learn how to swear. Vary the height slightly, but the controls on the power box is where you can create variations, and it takes time to learn. Any adjustments should be very minor and write down what you did and what the result was and only adjust one control at a time. In doing so you will learn which dial does what and this will help you in the long term. Also, the viscosity of the liquid will contribute towards the variations you desire.

    As previously stated, your camera position is very much better, but experiment a little bit more with that, slightly further away to see if you like that presenation, eventually you will know more or less where your camera should be. Similarly if at some point you want to include reflections from the collision you will need to adjust the position and angle of your camera. That said, I suggest you just get the basics mastered first and then start to expand your skills

    • 12 Nov 2017 11:42PM
  • Moon over atomic milk

    Nothing wrong with the result............... I would tend towards at least two flash units, especially given that you are not lighting directly in front, and even with a solid rather than transparent liquid I wouldn't recommend lighting directly from the front. By using two flash units it helps to eliminate unwanted shadows, giving a cleaner presentation

    Either crop the image tighter and/or raise your camera so that the lens is just about level with the rim of the glass, preferrably slightly higher, because then you can play with the camera angle if you want to incorporate reflections; I would also suggest you use a thinner glass, thinner in terms of rim thickness and fill the vessel to full capacity

    I personally like the black background, especially contrasting well against the white liquid, it helps to focus on the water collision rather than competing with a background. Subtle backgrounds work well, particularly if you are using more than one colour in the liquid.

    I have experimented with many liquids including but not exclusively: diluted yogurt, fabric softener, makes the house smell nice if nothing else, but these days I tend to stick with water because it is more generally available and it is much cheaper. I suggest that you experiment with as many liquids as your imagination and/or kitchen cupboard will allow, you may find something that non of us have yet discovered and you may find your own personal preference.

    I use Xanthium gum as a thickner, available on ebay and it goes a long way, try slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon per pint and then adjust according to your intial results and experiment, you will have dissasters, but this is called 'The learning Curve'

    Food colourings are good, but can prove messy if you get the liquid splasing at any height, recently, water soluable paint is proving interesting and easier to clean up afterwards.

    In terms of gaining height, it is a combination of viscosity and the height you are dropping the liquid from, be careful, too much height can ruin what would have been a great image

    Hope this helps

    • 11 Nov 2017 1:24PM

    Quote:You're currently the 'Featured Plus Member Photo' with this Tish! SmileSmile
    Trev Smile

    How do you know that Trev, because I never see them?

    • 10 Nov 2017 4:21PM
  • Strong Wind's on the Isle of Wight

    Brilliant capture, was there last month, wish I had captured this one

    • 22 Oct 2017 1:09PM

    Love the concept

    • 17 Oct 2017 4:22PM
  • Powering the Sunrise

    Brilliant title

    • 17 Oct 2017 1:42PM
  • Whoops........

    You can get arrested for that

    • 16 Oct 2017 10:50AM
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  • Still miss you, still think of you often, it is so nice that I can still see your PF

  • Hi Chris

    I have just skimmed through your portfolio, very impressive!!! I too would love to own a Nikkor 14-24mm lens and when I win the lottery I will Grin

    I have a particular interest in portraiture and Studio portraiture at the moment, so if you have any helpful tips they would very much appreciated.

  • This is a very professional looking Portfolio you are developing.

  • A very wise investment, I hope you continue to enjoy your mid life crisis, it is generating great creativity Grin

    • Posted on zapar40's profile
    • 6 Mar 2014 8:51PM
  • This is an eclectic and skilfully put together portfolio, I love it.

    • Posted on doerthe's profile
    • 4 Dec 2013 1:45PM
  • I know I refer to you as the King of Flowers because all you flower images are something special; however, your portfolio demonstrates just how versatile and skilful you are.