Last post of 2016…

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Last post of 2016...

Been a funny old year… relatively uneventful from my perspective I guess other than my nan passing on but the lasting thought of 2016 has got to be the number of celebrity deaths…

Lets hope 2017 is a little better in that respect :/

Anyhoo… not posted for a little while so bit of an all in one update type thang…

Managed to break the S3… something is not happy at the back and shakes the car fairly badly when I go over 15mph… I have bought a replacement diff/haldex/controller for not a lot of money so will just chuck that in (after painting it of course)

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Will deal with that in the new year…

My dad lent me the use of one of his cameras… not just any camera but a film camera… been a while since I have used film so looking forward to playing with it… couldn’t see the point in doing colour images with film as there is nothing it really offers over digital for hold any interest to me but black & white is a different matter…
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The Nikon F-501 is a little more advanced than ye-olde film cameras having a built in light meter and AF (albeit very rudimentary) but I love the feel of the camera and that you have to think a little harder about taking a shot… its a little frustrating waiting to see the results and I am about half way through the roll of film but hopefully I will have some decent results from it..

Looking forward to trying to up my game with motorcross shots in the new year… 70-200 f2.8 should hopefully net me some decent captures assuming I can get into a decent position… I like the subject isolation f2.8 can provide so will be hopefully getting some nice candid shots from it…

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Had a nice two week break over Christmas so rebuilt the drip rig to try and make it more stable and easier to setup…
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Should make results more consistent and now have triple splash capability… that side of it needs work though as I need to play with the valve positioning to ensure they all hit at the same time… in the mean time I took a few images to get the rig dialled in on one valve..
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Another little project I played with over Christmas was flower macro’s… as always with things like this I tend to learn loads from the exercise and this time it was to go to a florist rather than Tesco for flowers…

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As I mentioned before my Nan passed away… she was two weeks off her 100th birthday so we celebrated it anyway…
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Was nice to meet up with family I hadn’t seen for a while and decided to capture an image to help me remember her by… We have always told our children that when someone dies they become a star in the night sky so I waited for a clear night and took a picture I call ‘Chatting with Nan’…
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To finish up, here are a few random pics I have taken since my last post…
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Happy new year 🙂

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Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

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Been a little while since I have posted so here we go 🙂

Been playing with macro and the drip kit for most of the month, I also went to another race meet… so in no particular order here are a few select images from the month..

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

This image has been shortlisted to be in a photography magazine… not heard if it will be included but the recognition is welcome even if it doesn’t
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

A few macro shots….
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

A few of the racing…
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Finally the kittens first day in the garden…
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

I have been praying for a clear night seeing as the sun is getting lower and the nights are drawing in… looking forward to getting back into nightscapes…

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Been quite busy recently hence lack of updates so here is a biggish one…

I have had a week off work to clear up my office which quite frankly had turned into a tip…

Office Cleanup

Office Cleanup

No real excuse other than general laziness so felt it was about time I actually did something about it… so after removing 8 old PC’s, 4 old laptops, recycling no end of boxes and paper, 12 big bin bags of rubbish and what seemed like an eternity of paper shredding I got the ‘living’ space somewhere handy…

Office Cleanup

Office Cleanup

Well worth the effort although I do have a little more to do yet but I have at least broken the back of the job and the rest should be relatively easy to manage…

In other news I have been playing with electronics…. its been a fair few years since I have done any serious electronic project assembly but armed with a kit of parts I built a drip controller and trigger unit to do splash photography… I won’t bother going into detail as I’ll post links at the bottom with all the info but here are a few pics…

Drip controller…
Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Multi-trigger
Drip Kit

Drip Kit

The multi trigger has essentially one output to trigger a flash so as I need the ability to trigger more than that I made a distribution ‘manifold’ to fire up to 5 flashes simultaneously… I do have wireless triggers but there is a small amount of lag in firing that can be tricky to dial out so this will alow the flashes to be triggered via PC Sync…

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

The setup is a little heath robinson at the moment while I refine it but it does work as you will see in a bit…
Drip Kit

The setup works like this… the drip controller can release up to three drips per triggered event and you control the size and time between drips to create different collision effects… the multi-trigger uses an optical interrupter to trigger a delay before firing the the flashes… the camera can be triggered from either control unit but I am using the splash controller as this seems to work best in dealing with the inherent shutter lag of a DSLR.

The flash guns are set to manual at a speed of 1/64 to be able to freeze the splashes with minimum motion blur.

Using a suitable tray full of water and a background of some description you fire the flashes at that to bounce light back to the splash…

In fairness its a little more involved than that but this isn’t a tutorial, there are plenty of those on the web and a fantastic e-book I got from Corrie White who does some amazing Liquid Drop Art (links at the end) which has great info in it…

So, spent a bit of time playing with the settings trying to dial the rig in… this took me a little bit of time and god knows how many images but here are a few of my initial results…

Using square patterned wrapping paper as a background…
Liquid Drop Art

Liquid Drop Art

Using very reflective shiny red wrapping paper as a background…
Liquid Drop Art

Liquid Drop Art

Just using a frosted perspex background…
Liquid Drop Art

Liquid Drop Art

Finally a go at reflection…
Liquid Drop Art

Unfortunately the water was getting a little dusty at this point so not the best image but it was more to learn the technique than anything…

Pleased with the results and absolutely knackered from humping a ton of crap from the loft to the car and then to the recycling centre… I feel that this week I have single handedly saved the planet… and I didn’t have to wear sandals to do it either 😉

More drip art very soon 😀

Links:
Drip controller kit
Corrie White (Liquid Drop Art)
Drop photography guide

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