Sunday, 13 April 2008
A experimental photograph
Water by *Getty72 on deviantART
Well, I am still learning to use my DSLR camera, whilst trying to discover how to compose the object/scene. This morning, whilst eating my breakfast, I had a spur of the moment idea....
I took two small side-tables and balanced one on top of the other. I ran upstairs and dug out a sheet of green felt (that I use to cover my kitchen table when playing poker...lol), and placed it over the lounge window. So, now the environment was looking pretty cool. Now for a subject! Last night I was taking photos as part of the April Photo challenge and had eaten far too much (there's a clue for the gluttony pic..lol!). So, I decided that I needed a healthy subject this morning. There is nothing healthier than fresh water.... So I grabbed my biggest wine glass (an enormous burgandy wine glass) and filled a large jug full of water.
So now I have my subject. I placed the wine glass on top of the two tables, in front of the green felt, and placed the camera down the other end of the room. Now for the logistics... how am I going to get from the camera to the glass... ah! I know, I'll use the shutter timer on the camera.
So with jug (full of water) in hand, I pressed the trigger and ran as fast as I could down to the other end of the room, to get into position and start pouring the water into the glass - in time for the shutter to go off. Well, it worked in theory!!! I DID manage to press the trigger. I DID manage to run down to the other end of the room. I EVEN managed to start pouring the water. The only problem, is that I kept missing the glass.... Now if I was taking photos of water on the floor, I would have been very successful, but the camera was stragically pointed at the glass (which was still empty!).
After several failed attempts and a floor looking more like a swimming pool, I remembered that in my camera bag there is a remote trigger control. Why, oh why did I not think of this before???
With the remote trigger, I had enough time to get into position, press the remote and pour the water INTO the glass... Hurrah!!!
So, that is how I took the photograph...lol!
The next stage was to frame the photograph. Chica from Photo-Projectz has been giving me some really valuable tips on how to turn a photograph into a piece of art (I highly recommend that you visit her site). So, following her advice, I decided to add a black frame to the photograph. This was done by simply increasing the canvas size in Photoshop, and selecting Black as the canvas colour. The final stage was just to add the title of the image and my name to the bottom.
So, that is how I captured this image earlier today. I hope you like it. I would also appreciate any critique that you can offer.