Posts tagged “competition

Bowlarama Wellington 2012

I ended up going to the Wellington Bowlarama competition in the weekend and was seriously blown away by the level of skating. A friend of mine challenged me to get a shot of someone getting air out of the bowl using Rollei (Bowlarama-10 is definitely my favourite) so I went and stood up against the fence and watched for most of the day.

Since Rollei doesn’t have any kind of motor-wind you pretty much only get one shot so it was a case of pre focusing on one spot and then waiting for something to happen in that spot. After a while it got a bit easier to predict where certain skaters did their tricks, helped quite a bit by watching where the pro photographers went and apart from people standing directly in front of me from time to time it was cool.

The nice thing was that in between heats one of the pro photographers came over and had a chat about his Rollei that he had just had serviced and was saying about how good it was for street photography 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

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London Festival Of Photography Entry

I finally managed to get round to entering the London Festival of Photography street competition yesterday.

I’m not sure these are my strongest images but I just needed to get something in since the deadline was 6am this morning…

I thought I would put this up today since there isn’t any new material in it 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


How It Was Done: Water Drop Shot

Ok so I havent done one of these in a while and the entry’s for the Photo5 competition have closed so theoretically no one can copy this for the competition.

Anyway here is the finished image that I submitted to the competition….

Competition Brief: Eye Dropper

This brief is asking you to use your lens to look closer. Use the eye dropper to place drops of liquid in any arrangement you want. You can use a single drop, or as many drops as you like.

And you’re not limited to just water – feel free to use liquids of different colours and consistencies, such as milk or tomato soup. Just make sure you get close.

OK that seems simple enough…

I had the idea to suspend a drop of water from the head of a pin and using a slide projector somehow get an image into the drop (at this point I want to say that using Photoshop wasnt an option that I really wanted to use).

Equipment Used: Kinderman Slide Projector, Nikon D70s with 50mm f1.8, 2 x Nikon PK13 and 1 x PK12 Extension Tubes, Tripod, Cullman Macro Rail, Various supports like chairs, 1 x Pin, Bluetac and a 42″ translucent reflector (used later on)… Oh and various slides.

So I set up the projector at the same height as the camera and blasted a slide onto the drop of water (which took at least 15 minutes to get to stay on the head of the pin) which produced the following image.

Even at 1/5000th of a second this was about as good as it got… Not really the look I was going for…

Step 2: Place a 42″ reflector in front of the projector to act as a screen… At the moment the projector is about 1.5 metres away from the water droplet.

Ok at this point I stop thinking “what the heck am I doing this is never going to work I must be crazy”! And start seeing a small glimmer of hope projected down a very bright slide projector.

However still not really what I had in mind when I initially set out.

Step 3: Time to move everything back away from the projector… now about 3 metres away still with the reflector in front acting as a screen.

I keep forgetting stuff… The slide was projected onto the screen upside down so that it was right side up in the droplet.

OK now we are cooking but still not quite right.

This is what the setup currently looks like (the images are from a point and shoot so sorry about quality/focus issues)

My studio is soooo sophisticated 🙂

Who needs a macro lens when you have a bazillion extension tubes…

Opps almost forgot to say that I added a small pop of speedlight at the pin just to give it a bit of a catch light.

Anyway I found that by moving a reflector backwards and forwards I could alter how much of the image would appear in the drop so after a lot of stuffing round (293 images from the first shot) this is the image that I liked the best…

This is the file straight off the camera with no processing

With a bit of straightening and a saturation boost and not to mention all the dust removal here we go 🙂

And before I forget here is a scan of the slide that I used…

All droplet shots on Nikon D70s with 50mm f1.8 Lens with 2 x Nikon PK13 + 1 PK12 Extension Tubes.


Photo5 Box

Here goes the entry box for the Canon Photo5 competition… I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and have just noticed that all 5 briefs are due in by from the 17th to the 21st of October so not a lot of time to go.

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The briefs are:

1/ Liquid drops with Macro

2/ Bubble Gum portrait

3/ Incense Black and White

4/ Confetti Motion

5/ Inspired by Sound… there is a sound you have to listen to and create and image from… Sounds a bit like a bomb falling…

I have ideas for 2 of the images but still need to think of the other 3…

Might be a frantic week of two 🙂