I was contemplating taking another “water splash” style photo this evening. I’ve done them a few times before and I generally have a lot of fun shooting them. However I ended up deciding to turn the water splash on its head a little by blowing bubbles of air into a glass of water through a straw.
The first thing I had to adjust was the straw, it was too short and I was introducing ugly shadows into the shot as a held the straw to blow down it. So I took a second straw and doubled the length which seemed to do the trick.
The only other problems I had were a bit of moire effect produced by the material I chose to diffuse the back lighting, and the choice of the actual glass. A wine glass didn’t seem suitable for this somehow, and the only other glasses I could find had a texture in them which wouldn’t have shown off the bubbles to their best. So, I picked up this one, which has the logo of a very well known Irish alcoholic beverage on the front, and also a date of manufacture towards the base on the oppose side (which you can see towards the bottom left).
The logo influenced my crop of this photo. In camera the full width of the glass is visible, but so is part of that logo, which I found rather too distracting. I played around with my crop and ended up actually quite liking this one, unusual though it is.
Must add a few plain glasses to our kitchen cupboards for photographic purposes!
Canon 7D, EF 100mm f2.8 macro, 1/200 at f8, back lit using Nissin Di866 at 1/8 power.