I’m slowly trying to introduce photography back in my life in one way or another – I am finding the juggling between being an Illustrator/Artist, Mummy and Photographer a bit tricky; finding places to go where I can take the camera and my son is a challenge in itself, so I am always looking for little exercises we can do at home together with the camera.
Being a member of Bury Photographic Society has helped me feel better about things, because even if I don’t manage to get out with the camera myself, I still feel connected. Last week there was a pile of DVD/CD’s from Practical Photographer being given away and I grabbed a few that looked like they might be good fun or have interesting tips in them.
This was one of the techniques
Using droplets of water on a piece of glass (In our case plastic to make it toddler friendly) and photographing droplets in focus, keeping the backdrop blurred so the droplets show whats underneath (sweets!)
For a full, well explained tutorial on how to do this please go here
It was a fun little exercise and I’d like to go back over this image and do a few edits – take out some dirty spots that I have seen.
I think my son also enjoyed doing this, especially playing with the water and trying to steal the sweets! I’d like to give this another try with some stones/pebbles and see if the effect works just as well!
If anyone has any other tricks and exercises like this then please let me know? Things that can be made within a few minutes and with a youngster in tow!
I was a little undecided on what to photograph today, so grabbed the nearest model. One of my many unfinished Space Marine bikers! Because they are currently unfinished, I thought I would spare everyone the grey of unsprayed and unpainted plastic and shoot in black and white – this also gave me the chance to play around a bit more with light and shadows than I normally do; I’ve this vision of using gritty lighting in my photography for some reason.
I remember backlighting from various lectures; from University and my City and Guilds programs, so it was great fun to try and give it a revisit! And I think it worked pretty well considering that the model is unpainted – so it didn’t give that game away too much.
But, this image holds a little ‘special’ something to me as well. It came about on Instagram; Debbie Forster requested a print – I don’t know if this was to make me feel better about where I am heading or not – but ask, and thou shalt receive!
So, why has this rather fuzzy photograph made the ‘Photo of the day’?
Well, for a couple of reasons.
I know the writing isn’t in English, but you might notice the name ‘Grahama Mastertona’ on the pen. Which, I am assuming, is Graham Masterton in polish? I was sent an email from the authors mailing list some time last week offering these pens for sale after they’d over ordered for their ‘Written in Prison’ Award.
Seeing as Graham Masterton is really the only author that I still manage to get excited about whenever I see a novel of his I’ve not read, and an author that I’ve ‘reviewed’ the most and talked about the most and recommend to everyone I talk to about reading/books. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to grab one of the pens. Maybe in the hopes that some of his writing talent will magically flow out of it whenever I use it!
So, that’s why this pen is todays photovember picture.
I’m also now a day behind on photovember, due to the fact that Monday was a bit of a bad day with Marcus being unwell and as such pretty clingy. I doubt I’ll be able to catch up with it, but I think I’ve submitted a few ‘extras’ in previous posts that make up for it.