I’ve been looking for flowers to photograph as they bloom. Why? Because my remote control’s manual suggested it. Problem: none of the flowers in the garden do that open during the day, closed at night thing. I came up with something else. Water. More specifically, pouring water into a glass.
I set everything up. I found the best lit wall in the house for a plain background. I set the glass on a chair and the camera on a tripod. And then, the remote control. I programmed it to give me a 10 second delay and then take 10 pictures at 1 second intervals. And I started. 175 pictures (I upped the number of photos to 15 a little later on).
Before I show you the 3 pictures I like well enough, you have to know that I didn’t have quite enough light. One of the 3 was taken at ISO64000 and the movement still isn’t as frozen and clear as I wanted. And because of the high ISO, it’s a little grainy. You also have to know that I was heavy handed with the editing. Apart from the watermark, I do all my editing in RAW. Each of these pictures had the brightness bumped up a little, contrast and highlights bumped up to maximum, shadows and saturation bumped down to minium. It was the only way I could find to get decent definition in the water.
So here they are, from my least favorite to my favorite. (The green is food coloring that I added to make the water stand out more from the background. Should have used less of it.)
I’m going to need to work on this some more…