Dear Bloggers / Photographers,
This week, I have been browsing the internet searching for different photography techniques and skills. There are the simple ones, such as ISO, aperture and exposure. And then there are the interesting, experimental techniques, such as infrared photography (specially manufactured camera/lens), burst zoom photography (more in next post), HDR (underexposed, perfect and overexposed photos of same scene merged – not my thing), perspective (see previous posts), diffraction and starbursts (sort of done).
Slow shutter speed (when I get a tripod!), camera toss (I’d LOVE to try it! maybe soon…), smoke art photography (I’ll try to learn it!), light painting (tried with the moon in earlier post), time-lapse (interesting…) and high speed photography (which I have experimented with in this post!
It worked alright, however I will need to try again once I have a tripod, also, for my birthday, I will be receiving a photography kit that takes the photo when something happens, such as sound trigger, light trigger and more! This will work better as the timing will be more accurate. In the photos below, have a look at the splashes of water and the captures of the lemon falling to certain submersion!
The lemon, cut!
The lemon, before the inevitable fate of being chopped up and used in a photography experiment. Some examples of bokeh photography as well – light in the background has been blurred, creating bokeh! I took a few shots in different angles of the lemon to create different effects with the bokeh.
Just skimmed the surface of the water…
Full submersion! A thin wall of water barricading the lemon!
Droplets of water on the lens, as well as ripples from the splash!
Cascading… towards the bowl.
The imminent fall of a water droplet.
My hand about to release…
More floating – has the lemon’s flesh tanned?
SPLASH! Not quite a bellyflop, perfect capture of submersion.
A zoomed out shot of lemon’s submersion, water droplets sprinkle the air.
The droplet… almost falling!
Both halves collapsed from the fall…
Whoops, autofocus focused on my thumb, not the lemons!
I’m not really sure what autofocus was doing…
This time it was on the bowl… next time!
Bokeh water, because… yet again, the focus was wrong…
Again, on the bowl… the lemon falling!
Collision / submersion.
FOCUS!!!! I’m so angry with it! But it did create lovely bokeh!
That’s better, I love this shot!
Another pretty good one…
A fleeting moment captured.
I switched to a cup to create a more dynamic / prominent effect from the splash of water.
The two experimental resources!
The black bowl again…
The reason I switched from the white bowl to a black one is because the black contrasts against the water, whereas the splash of water is harder to see and less prominent against a white bowl.
A web of water…
An overexposed shot, however, the splash of water is pleasing!
I tried capturing a few shots of a tennis ball thrown into the pool! It creates a lovely rippled effect!
This one is particularly interesting, the submersion of the ball made a tower of water and some beautiful ripples…
So, those photos were my experiments with high-speed photography. The trick is to set the shutter speed to the fastest the camera can go! My camera goes up to 1/4000, which is the setting I used!
What do you think?
Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…