What a drip!

A couple of years ago I had a go at shooting water droplets splashing around.  It was something I had been meaning to do for a long time so I tried setting up an arrangement to make it work.  It was a bit of an effort but I got some results with it although, I have to admit I was probably a little disappointed with the outcome.  Given how much of a pain it had been to set up, I was not hurrying to have another go.

Time ticks by and recently I was looking at the Facebook page of Gerry Holtz, a friend in LA, and he had been doing the whole water droplet thing as well.  Needless to say, he had done a far better job of it than I had.  The images were very cool and he had made some good use of color as well as alternative arrangements into which the water was dropping.   Very impressive stuff.

Seeing this made me want to have another go and I was mulling doing just that when I saw a link to a video online with a guy called Gavin Hoey in the UK demonstrating his setup for shooting water droplets.  Uncanny coincidence, don’t you think.  I watched his video which can be seen here and realized I had been making it all far more complicated than absolutely necessary.  So, I have inspiration by seeing someone do a good job and method from someone who knew how to make it a lot easier so what is stopping me from having another go?  Nothing!

So, this time I am feeling a little better about the results.  Some focus issues still to be resolved on some of them (and water doesn’t always splash in exactly the same place each time so guess what the focus will be on the most interesting shots!) but still, not too bad.  Certainly enough to encourage me to think about doing it again soon.

Here is a gallery to show you the results.

Fun with warbirds

Since it is the beginning of the year from an air show perspective, it is time to get the aircraft up and ready for the new season. The winter is a great time for maintenance to be undertaken and the great team at Warbird Heritage Foundation is no exception. A couple of their aircraft were recently up and about being wrung out after winter maintenance tasks and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them while they were undertaking some test flying.

The WHF team is always very welcoming but they are not alone. Jim’s team at Waukegan airport is also really helpful when trying to get in position to get some good shots of the aircraft as they are being tested. The two aircraft at work this time were the A-4 Skyhawk and the A-1 Skyraider. Two great looking aircraft. The weather is not always going to be cooperative at this time of year – not only from a photography point of view but also from a flying perspective. However, you make the best of the chances that come along.

What better way to spend a day than hanging out with a great team of people and photographing some unusual aircraft. What more can I want? Thanks Paul and team and also thanks to Jim at the airport.