Wild Weds. 7/52 Wild 4 You!

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For Valentine’s Day. “)

Wild 4 YOU

I composed and shot this image back in 2014.   Since I hadn’t thought of anything else to compose for today I thought why not publish it for Wild Wednesday?

I did change what the Sweetheart said to fit both of today’s themes using Photoshop CC.  Here’s a quick run down on how I did that in case you’d like to know how I did it.

Firstly, I created a new layer then I grabbed the spot removal tool and erased what the Sweetheart said.

Next, I grabbed the Horizontal Text Tool and switched my paint/text color to bright pink, changed the font size to 6pt I think it was then I typed the first line WILD. Then I summoned the Free Transform Tool to turn the text to the right direction, then summoning the move tool I moved it into place.

I did that two more times for the number 4, and word YOU!. Then I saved the whole thing as a PSD file.  After that I added a new layer and cleaned up a few specular highlights on the ceramic figures then I merged the layers, resized it for the web, added my watermark, and saved it as a JPEG.

There is more than one to change the word on something like this, and probably an easier way too, but that’s how I did it. 🙂

I hope you all have a sweet day!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 105mm| Lexar Digital Film| Continuous Lights right and left with light modifiers| PS CC 2018

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Waterdrops, Plips and Plops

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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

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Raspberry & Cream II

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After shooting water drops and splashes last week-end I went back to some images I made back in 2014 of splashes that I made using milk and raspberries.

Here’s one that has been languishing on my hard-drive since Spring of 2014.

Raspberry & Cream II

Timing this was really hard, and I’ve been wanting to try it again.  I went through a whole package of raspberries during this shoot because after dropping them into the milk over, and over again they began absorbing the milk and sank rather than come back to the top to be part of the splash which is what I wanted to photograph.  Who knew!

I cleaned up the shadows a bit, and removed some far flung drops that were blurry in post development.

Nikon D700| AF Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D @ f20| 1/160sec| ISO 400| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Tripod

Strobist- SB910 @ 1/25th pwr, camera right low front 75º angle, Triggered via Commander Mode in camera

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Drops and Splashes

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I didn’t have anything planned this week-end because it was raining in the morning on Saturday, and when that cleared out for a few hours break before the rain returned that evening He-Man, Diva Dog, and I went to stretch our legs in the hills. We went up down the hills walking about 3.1 miles then we were slugs the rest of the day.

Today, Sunday I wanted to photograph water drops and splashes. It’s been raining so much I guess I have drops and splashes on the brain. 🙂

After breakfast and my first cuppa tea I set up my kitchen sink with diy water drop rig.

I thought others might like to know/learn how to do it so, I have written down the gear, and steps I used to achieve the images below.

In the first image below I have my trusty Nikon Df with my Nikon SU800 wireless trigger mounted on it, and both are mounted on my travel tripod. On a light stand next to that is my Nikon SB600 speedlight. I was shooting tethered using Lightroom’s Tether Capture feature on my laptop  which is just out of frame.

I attached a doggie bag filled with clear water to the faucet with a rubber-band.  I poked a little hole in the bag to drip into a bowl filled to the brim with water.

Under that is a colorful beach towel to create nice colors in the water, and catch any splashes and or spills.  The little spoon behind the faucet I used to focus on by placing it in the bowl where the drops were falling then focused on that and switched to manual focus. The lens is a Nikkor 105mm Macro lens.

Waterdrop and Splash Set Up

iPhone 7 Plus

I took a few test shots to get shutter speed, focus, and exposure set, then started trying to time the drops to get a few nice drops and splashes. You need to shoot a lot of frames to get the timing just right.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Suspended

Waterdrop

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

SPLASH!

Splash!

Settings: I used F/16 and F/18,  1/1000s and 1/1600s, ISO 100, Manual Priority|Matrix metering| Manual Focus: I developed these 3 frames in PS CC 2017 & On 1.

I shot about 100 frames then transferred them all to a memory stick to upload to my desktop computer.  Once there I culled the images down from 100 to 33.

It has been  3 yrs since I last set up to shoot water drops and splashes (here). I forgot how challenging and fun it is trying to catch the drops and splashes at just the right time.

You don’t need a Speedlight or wireless trigger to make this type of shot. A continuous light bulb in a shop clamp light would work! You’d probably want to diffuse it with some tracing paper,  velum paper, or shear white shower curtain though.  Be aware that bulbs can get very hot so keep your diffusing material several inches away from the light!

I hope you found this interesting, and I hope you give it a go! If you do let me know how you did and please post your images. I’d love to see your results!

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An Abundance of Cheer!

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My week-end wish for you. 🙂

Still-Life

Nikon D700| AF-S 24-70mmG @ f4| 1/320s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Hand-held

Strobist- SB910 @ 1/4 pwr camera left low-ish bounced off ceiling; triggered via Commander Mode in camera.  ( After composing and developing this image in 2014 it’s been marinating on my back up drive) and published now.  Marinating an image can be a good thing! I hated this image back then, but like it now. 🙂 Time is a wonderful thing to perception, and feelings.  There’s a great lesson here to those who are listening and seeing. 🙂

Texture “savor” by Kim Klassen

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

Happy New Year!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 35mm@ f8| 1/20 sec| ISO 200| SB60| Manual Priority| Hand-held

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P52 44/52 Chicken Noodle Soup

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Project 52 44 of 52 Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s getting chilly here in the morning and evenings which makes me crave comfort foods. One of my favorite comfort foods is Soup! I had some left over chicken in the fridge so while #1 Grandson napped I deboned the chicken, and chopped up all my veggies then made my soup.

Earlier I took #1 Grandson for a run around the block looking for Spooky stuff and he ran 3/4 of the block before slowing down to a walk. When we got home he asked for cold juice then cuddled up next to me and promptly fell asleep. He napped long enough for me to get the soup done! 🙂

My soup is semi-homemade. The chicken was a store bought rotisserie chicken, and I bought Organic Chicken Stock to speed up the prep time, and cooking time. From there it’s a pretty basic Chicken Noodle Soup.

Nikon Df| AF-S 50mm f1.8g| SB910 camera left front @1/4pwr| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

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