Waterdrops, Plips and Plops

Copyright ©2017 Deborah M. Zajac  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

This past week-end it rained. A lot. So, in between storms He-Man and I headed to the nearby hills for a much needed walk. Sticking to the paved roads avoiding the muddy trails we walked up the hills and down to stretch out our legs a bit. Elevation gain was about 250 ft, and mileage was only a couple of miles, but it felt great to stretch our legs, and be outside.

The grass on the hills is tall and green, and there are spring flowers popping up here and there. I saw clover, wild mustard, and even some droopy, rain soaked Daffodils.

Sunday I was a bit stir-crazy so set up to shoot waterdrops again.  This time instead of using the faucet which was hard to regulate I set up my C-stand and boom arm and taped a medical dropper to it filled with water.  It presented its own set of issues to deal with.

Once the eye-dropper ran out of water it had to be refilled and taped back on the  boom arm. I marked the spot with tape, but it didn’t always line up with my pre-focused spot so, I had to refocus every time I filled up and remounted the eyedropper.  Also there was a bit of wiggle room with the taped eyedropper so the drops didn’t always land in my pre-focused spot.

I didn’t get many keepers, but it was a fun way to pass a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday.

Plip Plop Drop

Waterdrop

Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm macro lens| SB600 Speedlight @1/2pwr low, camera right| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…

Trees and Foliage Abstract

Copyright ©2016 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I was up north in Point Reyes National Seashore on Saturday photographing nature, while walking through a wooded section I stopped to photograph the trees. They were Birch I think; they had tall, on the thin side white trunks and lovely green foliage.

I always like to play around with Intentional Camera Movement when I happen upon a wooded area with nice trunks, and foliage.

Trees and Foliage Abstract

I find the technique works best with tall stalked flowers and trees. One lowers the shutter speed enough to cause blur then you intentionally move the camera/lens in an up or down motion to cause the blur. For this image my settings were f/13, ISO 400, 1/13s.

I moved my camera/lens from up to down fairly fast to create the blurred image.

The key is slowing down the shutter speed and drag the lens in an up or down motion to create the blur. It takes a bit a practice to get it, but with several tries one can usually attain a pleasing blur=ICM image.  You can create interesting affects zooming in and out, or shivering ever so slightly as well.

Here’s an image I made in 2014 with Agapanthus using the same technique.Agapantha Abstract

Nikon Df| 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015

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