This is my last part or my EOCA. HERE is a link to the assignment details, and HERE is a link to my inspiration. This guy is probably one of my favorite photographers. He specializes in trick shot photography. By trick shot I don’t mean something simple that looks cool. He does stuff that most people without photoshop couldn’t do with the best technology in the world. He takes the time to set up, and plan his shots well, and they turned out greater than a lot of the pictures I have seen of the same subject. He is just a cool photographer, and its really fun to try to recreate photos of his. For my theme, I choose high speed water splash photography. Here are my pictures-
Some of the things that I had trouble with was the background. I don’t have a plain solid white or any color of a background and that would have made the picture even better. So what I did was find a white sheet and hang it up behind the photo hoping that it will work. Thats why the glass is a different color, Its the weird beige sheet that is covering the background. As you will see in some of the backgrounds I painted over them with either a black or white, because I couldn’t decide on which was better.
Once the set up was done, it was pretty easygoing for the picture itself. All I did was take some plain water, and add some food die too it. Then as the water is falling into the cup or whatever it is used to take your picture, hold down the shutter. To capture the water as it falls on the sides you need a super fast shutter speed. And a high exposure, because the faster the shutter speed, the darker the picture will be without any help; For this one I used a 250 shutter speed, and a 3200 eso.
I like this photo because its different than the others because of its background being different than the other pictures. With the green I thought that the white would pop a bit with the green background. This one is a little disappointing in that regard, because it didn’t standout as much as I thought it would. But I’m glad I stuck with white, because with black, it would have been sooooo dark and wouldn’t have looked good. Some of the things that I had trouble with was the background itself. It was not folded properly, so their was a ton of wrinkles in the picture. Thats what made me decide to go over it with a brush, and make a background myself. I really like this picture because of the hundreds of waves inside of the glass.
This one is different from the rest of the pictures because of the way the glass was held. When I did it this way, the water mixed inside the glass in a blurred pattern, making it look like the gold was woven together in a pattern. Im not really certain why it blurred out so much, but all I know is that I liked the way that the picture ended up turning out. Instead of having the bad beige color in the picture, I selected the background through the color range tool, and just filled it with black. This caused a lot of the glass to disappear, and I think that it looks better for it. It makes the picture look like the gold colored water is floating on a small piece of glass, which is impossible. So in a way, this photograph is surrealism.
Part of what I did was change from colored water, to fruit. Part of the thing that makes fruit cooler to photograph than water, is the fact that the splash is bigger. Ideally this should have been done in a fish tank, with a large clear glass that would have shown the apple in detail. I didn’t have one, so I used a small clear vase that reflected the apple pretty well. Something that I am going to save up for is a steady tripod. I had some trouble with clicking on the shutter release and having the tripod shake a little. This didn’t cause the picture to blur, but it did get a corner of the wooden stand that I was using in the picture. Besides that though the picture turned out great in my opinion, and I contemplated adding some water coloring to the water, but at the time I guess it didn’t seem necessary. I now know that it would have been better to add some.
In these pictures you can really see how the shape of the object your dropping helps. The apple was big and round, whereas the strawberry was pointed at the end, and it showed in the splash. It was more of a “Ploop” rather than a “Plop”. But other than my amazing sound adjectives, the splash was a different shape. I honestly thought that the splash was going to turn out different, but I like how the splash curves up and to the top of the vase.
The lemon definitely had the best affect out of all the fruits. This one was my favorite. It created a vortex of water around the top of the lemon, and the wrinkles that are in the lemon came out super clear. Much more so than I had anticipated. I had to do some cropping on all of my pictures, because of my lack of studio space, the rest of the garage came out super cluttered. So I cropped it super close to hope that it was not to noticeable.
This picture is my large depth of field picture. To get this picture I layer down into the middle of the street. I wanted to get super close to the asphalt so that you could see the depth of field. The asphalt fades out in the end of the picture, and the trees come into focus more. I took this picture later at night so around 8 when the sun was setting. That gave the trees a great color.
This is the portrait that I took for the assignment. I honestly had trouble taking the picture because of the skin tone of my brother. He is kind of a pasty person, and it was getting darker so I had to get the ISO up a little bit more than normal on portraits. The picture ended up being a little rough. So I lowered the pictures clarity a little bit to get rid of the blurriness.
This is one of my slow-motion pictures. Part of the assignment was to get a picture of motion, a portrait, and a large depth of field. Part of the thing that I really like about the pictures the light on the asphalt. Its like the car wasn’t even moving because the light on the ground doesn’t follow the light beam thats going away from the car. In a way that makes it much better, because its not like a normal picture. What I really like to do for EOCA’s is to take pictures that I normally wouldn’t do. This is my attempt of making the EOCA less about testing, and more about photography. So doing trick photography like this, is just super fun for me. I really enjoy doing this kind of thing, and seeing the finished result being something that a normal picture couldn’t achieve. I think that this car is a good example. I would have preferred if the car had braked while doing this, because it would have brought red brake lights into the picture adding more color to the beam. But sadly the people on my hill don’t brake, ever. Well thats it for the post, until the next post, Seeya!