So there I was, no work to do today, with nothing but awful daytime TV and pouring rain out. I was just getting my camera gear out to get the batteries charged for work tomorrow and I thought I’d conduct a little experiment on the kitchen table.
Now I’m sure that you have no doubt seen this sort of thing before, probably a few times. But anyway here’s my attempt.
For the first few shots I used a red napkin at the back of an oven tray full of water to give a red reflection on the water. The ribbed texture of the napkin gave some really great swirling effects on the surface of the water.
This one shows the classic “crown”. The water droplets came from a crudely constructed tin foil bowl with a pin hole in, suspended above the oven tray by a cunningly constructed frame of cardboard boxes and coat-hangers.
Now as you can imaging capturing this precise moment takes a bit of patience. I used a variety of lenses and focal lengths to try and get as much of the droplet in the frame and still be able to focus. I would love to have a really great macro lens for this close up work but I had to make do with my 70-200 mounted on my tripod about one meter away and zoomed in.
This next one is a fairly similar setup but the second instant I wanted to capture was something I didn’t believe could occur until I saw a super slow motion video on the sort of daytime TV I was avoiding today.
Moments after the water droplet hits the surface below, it actually “bounces” off the surface. Now you will have to take my word for it that the droplets you see on the picture above aren’t on their way down, they have already hit the surface and are on their way up! They did of course come back down again, I haven’t quite mastered the anti-gravity experiment yet, work is ongoing.
For those of you interested in the technical details for this shoot, here is a brief description of the setup.
As I mentioned, I was using a 70-200 at the full zoom. I used a small aperture to keep the DOF as wide as possible, something between f/8 – f/22, depending on the exposure. I was using my D7000 with the onboard flash as a trigger for my SB-800. This was positioned off to the far left at the back of the water tray, facing a flat surface (cardboard box with a napkin over it). My D7000 and SB-800 sync at a maximum of 1/320 second (when not mounted on the camera itself) using the fancy FP flash setting. One day I hope to own a set of pocket wizards. After hearing about their fantastic 1/8000 second sync capability from James and Ferg. I am a bit jealous!
Anyways, that’s enough of the mumbo jumbo, back to the photos. After getting the two shots I was looking for I had a little more time before I had to clear the kitchen table to make room for tea (chicken nuggets and chips, kids tea!). I decided to change the lighting a little. I ditched the trusty red napkin and added a warming filter to the SB-800 to give a golden glow to the water. I would say I did this on purpose to reflect the regal nature of the “crown”, but for those of you that know me, I don’t think like that, it just seemed to me that it would look good.
I think this one is pretty much exactly what I was looking for.
So there it is, not exactly the most productive afternoon, but much more so than watching endless repeats on e4!
Quick update everyone,
There has been an addition to the usual makeover photography that I have been doing over the last few months at the studio, Pets.
Obviously this presents a number of unique challenges, not least trying to control a huge German Shepherd in a modest studio with strobe lighting and cables everywhere. Thankfully, for the most part, the pets have been exceptionally well behaved and I’ve got some really nice shots. Here’s a few of my favourites…
As far as the old saying about working with children and animals go, I have to say, although it is definitely a challenge, there is a great reward for the effort!
Thought it was about time for an update on how things are going with my fledgling company.
For the last couple of months I have been working as a freelance photographer here in Manchester. The bulk of my work is in a city centre makeover salon/studio called Twilight Salons, a bustling hair and make-up salon, which is full of regular clients and eager newcomers drawn in by some fantastic special offers for first timers.
As an extension to the usual services, the salon offers makeover photo shoots, which is where I come in. Once the clients have had their hair and makeup perfected, we use a variety of studio setups to show off their new look for the camera and give them some great photos to take home.
We get all sorts of clients coming through the doors, from high school prom makeovers to wedding anniversaries.
Some of our clients are absolute naturals, (usually the younger ones) but some arrive quite nervously into the studio, one thing is for sure, they all leave with a smile on their face.
Well that’s about it for now, hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into what I have been up to.
Last night’s gig at the Quay’s Theatre, Lowry. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Thanks to MFT for the photo pass, and some good on stage banter with the gathering crowd. Athlete’s “stripped back” set was very entertaining with some reworked versions of their older stuff and a great sing along at the end with “Wires”. I’ll leave the real review to Aaron (http://www.music-dash.co.uk/live/live.asp?item=2253) and let you enjoy some of the photos… Photos also at www.joshuagowphotography.co.uk/galleries/athlete/athlete.html
Great atmosphere in a fantastic venue, would highly recommend getting down there for a gig!
See the review of the gig, written by my brother Aaron Gow at www.music-dash.co.uk/live/live.asp?item=2243 some of my photos were used.
Enjoy the photos…
Just got back from Manchester Day Parade.
A spectacular effort from all involved, with some amazing customs and floats.
I heard there were about 50,000 spectators, it seemed more like 100,000 to me, it was hard going to get around.
Sunny spells and no rain made for a great atmosphere around the heart of Manchester.
A day to be proud of my adopted city.
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