Food coloring and water – who knew?


One of the many photo challenges I follow, and have been pretty good at contributing regularly, had the letter W for last week’s challenge. Even though my last post was the photo of my daughter on a watery slide, that wasn’t the real photo I wanted to share for the challenge, but time had gotten the better of me.

But I grabbed a little time last night and set up a little attempt to capture food coloring splashing into a glass vase filled with water (here’s the best outcome of that attempt). However, the lighting wasn’t the greatest, and I couldn’t get the outcome I had in mind. But when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So here is the shot I ended up with, and was pretty content with the final outcome.

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Canon 60D | 55-200mm lens | Sadly, I don’t have the other details (I had to clear the card for another photo assignment for work and didn’t grab the other details before deleting)

That’s one of the things about photography – you can picture the photo in your mind, but for one reason or another it doesn’t come out the way you were hoping. But that just means you have to problem solve the issue, fix it, and try again. Which is exactly what I am going to do… eventually!

Some notes about the photo – I used a zoom lens to see how that would affect the lighting; the flash kept reflecting in the glass vase, so I stopped using it; I shot in raw so I could adjust WB afterward; I placed a white tissue-paper table cloth in the background so it wasn’t as distracting with kitchen cupboards.

~signed, Carltonaut

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