I’ve read a couple of posts, by fellow bloggers SpilledInkGuy’s Refrigerator Magnate and Light Scribed: Michael Stagg Photography, which reminded me of this particular shot.
I’d seen a picture in an old film ‘All about photography’ type book and it was always in the back of my mind to have a crack at something similar. I would put if off, get distracted, convince myself I’d need some expensive lighting set up. etc. – the things that Michael reminds us of in his post. And I eventually got round to it, it came down to making do with what I had to hand – a single small hand flash, cardboard and patience – oh, and a exposure meter.
This is a single exposure, just some minor photoshop cleaning of bit’s of dust and a bit of sharpening.
You should go into advertising with a photo like that 🙂 A lot better than the majority of things I see passing by under that name…
🙂 🙂 – that sort of thing needs somebody with imagination – what I call ‘cold start’ as opposed to my ‘warm start’ approach. 😉
Excellent image, Stehpen, superb!
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This is amazing, I loved it, and also it is so inspirational too. Thank you dear Stephen, love, nia
Thank you too!
Excellent shot Stephen.
WOW ! this really is most excellent Stephen..
Thank you, Helen.
Thanks a lot!
I really like that you can see the ripples INSIDE the glass.
🙂 – ah, you noticed the diffraction pattern!
Pure sorcery … how did you pull off the perfect glass balance, the drops, the reflection, manipulate the handheld flash as well as take the shot? Brilliant!
Thank you! How….. that, dear Liz, is where I will leave it with you – because that’s where I found it originally and I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the fun in working through it for yourself! 😉
That’s a challenge! As is the blue moon…. waxing each rise.
Love this, Stephen. You mentioned cardboard–do you mind explaining more how that factored into the setup for the shot?
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😉 – it was one of the three key elements..
Thank you – I’m glad you like it!
a BRILLIANT shot both in lighting and conception. Truly magical.
You did a great job shooting this excellent photo – very different from what you show here “normally” 🙂
🙂 – indeed. The picture was a one of ‘challenge’ I set myself. I may revisit some time in the distant future, but my attention is elsewhere for the moment.
Thanks. Unfortunately, it’s the only one I have like it.
Thanks you very much!
very unique.. I love the simple lines and the use of colour. brilliant.
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What an achievement Stephen! I agree with Nil, it is such a ‘professional’ look.
Thank you. I agree with you – all I have to do is analyse what it is about the picture that gives it that ‘feel’. Simply lots of specular highlighting perhaps, maybe the simplicity of colour……
Yes, both of those. The monochromatic look, the hard edged shapes & high contrast, but also the relative neutrality of the subject matter. It looks like something waiting for a caption! Very indoor, controlled looking shot!
PS I am not a photographer!
I’ll not hold that against you! 😉
I think your observations are well made. I’m messing around with a couple of other projects at the moment, but I’ll mull this over for something to tackle later in the year perhaps.
Good-oh! There is always a lot to do isn’t there? Sometimes side projects can become the main event. Gotta watch out. I enjoy your posts, thanks Stephen!
Very nicely done.
Thanks Stevie. Once I had seen the idea, it was just a matter of working through a plan of action to put my own version together – quite another thing to actually pull my finger out and get the thing done though! 😉
You’ve shown superb creativity with this image Stephen! Thanks again for visiting my blog! 🙂
Thank you, Michael! – and you’re welcome.
Awesome! Excellent work.
Thank you so very much for the mention, sir… that was incredibly kind of you!
I feel a bit bad mentioned under such an impressive image, though… I suspect what I was working on at the time was nowhere near this complicated! Very, very impressive!
I can assure you that the photographic bit was no more complicated than your smoke job! The set-up – well photography is about deception of perception (I think I might bottle that phrase 😉 ) .
Great image, really!
Thank you, Gilles!
That’s a stunning image, Stephen. Such clarity!
Thank you, very much!
Now that is a great shot! Best photo I have seen on here tonight, by far, and I have been catching up with blogs all evening. Wow.
That’s very kind of you, thank you, Rachael.
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Hello Stephen! This is a great photo. Thanks for stopping by my blog “Exploring the world: photography, travel, art” and liking my post “Ice cream, candy & stuff”
Thank you, Marianne.
Bloody hell! Awesome. I just don’t have the patience to do that sort of shot. Inspiring…
Thank you Thomas! To be honest, I’d be considering how I would do the job for so long that I think I’d anticipated all the likely problems I encountered – except, perhaps, that Duck Tape is so completely useless when it gets wet! 😉
That is fantastic and I love the leaf-like ripples in the water in the glass its self.
Thank you. I suspect there might be a bit of a project based on those ripples.