What a fun weekend playing with water during the short time the sun showed it’s face.
It all started as an idea, here’s a sketch of my original concept.
So how to achieve this in a photo?
I don’t mind water but to get this right would require many shots and as many changes of clothes.
First things first, let’s get the water right. Aiming the garden hose at a sheet of Perspex just didn’t work; this created way too much spray, and other than soaking the camera (and photographer) it would be almost impossible to isolate the splash from the background.
Eventually, I tried a small bucket of water. This proved far more effective and created interesting shapes as it arced through the air, even the splash was more controlled.
At the computer, it was fairly easy to isolate the water using Photoshop.
Almost there but the background could be better, then I looked up at that clear’ish blue sky, just the job!
Back to Photoshop for a little experimentation… I had a substitute image to practice on, a lovely red apple that I’d shot a day or so before. I bit of Photoshop layer masking / blending and a filter or two later, and here are the final Apple Splash images.
Making Apple Splash has been fun with surprisingly effective results. I hope I will be able to use my new found techniques and do the original concept some justice. Click on any image on this page for a closer view or click here to see even bigger photos on my Flickr site.
**Update: Kept with the red apple theme for the assignment submission but will try to complete the original concept in the near future