Peter Bargh

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December 21st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 355 – Scooby, where are yooooou?

Having been inspired by the pepper splash series that Dave Ovendon posted a few years ago on ePHOTOzine , Ive been meaning to have a go myself. My first recollection of this type of photography was a brilliant photo posted by iraddict way back in the early days of ePHOTOzine. It was a green toy with a comical face.

So I had two initial things to do before attempting this. One to buy a suitable container to do the drops. I found a low cost fish tank in B&M (about £13) – I then went on the hunt for a toy. I wanted soemthing that would look good under water with bubbles around it that was also quite humorous. I tried Toys R Us first with no joy, then a number of lesser know toy shops around Sheffield, Worksop, Lincoln, Doncaster.

Eventually found Scooby with in a kit with some slime and Velma (glasses not lost at this stage) and only £3.

Today I performed a test run using a standard 1 litre glass measuring jug and two flashguns. The water isn’t clean enough so I will have to fill the fish tank with distilled water.

The flashes were placed at each side of the jog one was set to auto as the main trigger and the other was a Vivitar 283 with a vari power module set to 1/32 power. I did a quick test and found f/13 was the right exposure.

I then dropped Scooby from quite a height and triggered as he hit the water. A few shots later I had determined when to press the shutter and also that dropping from a close distance resulted ion a cleaner set of bubbles.

Here’s the best one from the test.

April 3rd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 93 – Pop

I’ve been experi-menting with fast flash tonight trying to record the bursting of a balloon and I’m fairly happy with this shot.

I used a new portable studio flash, test will be going up on ePHOTozine in a few days, and a Sony Alpha A55 set to high speed shooting mode, although in reality i could only get one or two frames with any action. The first being the balloon exploding and the second showing the water dropping down towards the floor.

This shot still caught some of the burst balloon adding a touch of colour to the frame.

The shutter speed was 1/160sec, but the flash duration would have been much higher.

March 13th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 72 – Plop

A shot taken today for my Photo365 project using a Nikon D700 with a Sunpak flash and 105mm macro. The flash was placed to the side of the tap and pointed at the red background (a plastic kitchen chopping board). The tap was set to a very slow drip speed and sticky tape placed over the tap nozzle to direct the drip to a certain point.

January 22nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 22 – Waterfall on the River Wye

This was taken today on a trip out to Bakewell with the new Tamron 18-270mm AF lens. It’s a close up shot at the 85mm setting of a waterfall on the river Wye. I like the fact that it’s three strips of graduated tone, from near black to near white with a mid tone grey in the centre. Almost abstract. The shutter speed was at 1/13sec to get a blurry but not too cotton wool motion.

This is part of my 365 day photo project I started on January 1st. I’ve taken a photo every day and intend to do so for the rest of the year. I’ll be posting them in this blog, so book mark and see you tomorrow. Feel free to comment or join in. You can start any day of the year, and maybe just do a month if a year’s too much like hard work.

January 1st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 1

Here’s my first shot for my new Photo 365 Project taken tonight. I’ve been meaning to get round to photographing oil on water after reading Alison’s Photo Month article on ePHOTOzine: Oil on Water. New Years Day saw me lethargic from a previous night of celebrations so it seemed like the perfect time to do the set up.

oil on water

I used a large spice jar lid to hold the water and added some vegetable oil. The lid was attached to a McClamp and held in place over an upturned studio light with a softbox attached. I then placed a sheet of polarising gel and a cd tray under the lid to give a cross polarised colour effect background and the camera was set up over head on a Vanguard Tripod with macro arm. The 100mm Pentax lens had a polarising filter attached.

See here how to do cross polarisation photos.