This week I have decided to try something different – thanks to my Practical Photography magazine. I wanted to try a still life image from a different perspective and when I saw this particular exercise I decided to give it a go and I think the results are really effective!
I got a piece of plain, white paper and arranged some coloured pencils in a pattern. Then I mounted a piece of clear glass over the top and propped it up with 4 pint glasses. Using a straw, I gently placed droplets of water on the glass over the top of the pencil pattern.
The photographs were taken with my 50mm lens and I used an aperture of F4 with a shutter speed of 1/160 and ISO 400 (although this was set to auto) and auto white balance. I got as close to the droplets as my lens would allow and, although I tried manual focus, I found it easier on auto focus and keep re-focussing until the camera picked up on the droplets and put the background in blur.
The only edits I have done are to crop the images and increase the contrast as well as brighten them a little. I think I am happier with the first one as the pencils are more in focus although I do like the second one as it is much brighter.
UPDATE: On Tuesday 1st March 2016 I was thrilled to hear that I had won my first photography competition with the second image on this post for ‘Eyecatching’.