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Mirrored effect

Yay for Friday!!!!  I hope you guys have had a great week and looking forward to the weekend? I know I am 🙂
So for this week I haven’t really been taking that many more photo’s apart from a few product shots that I did in my make shift studio at home, however, this post is about another little challenge that I got round to trying out. It’s nothing amazing beyond any stretch of imagination. It was just so I could see how it was done and if I could do anything with it. What I wanted to try and learn was doing the ‘mirrored’ effect with your image in photoshop. I googled on how to do this and found such an easy, well explained article which went through it with you step by step. Here is the link – Flip, rotate and mirror.
I tried this out yesterday on a old image that I took a couple of days ago of the oil and water mixture. My camera settings for this were f3.5, ISO 100 and shutter speed of 1/160.IMG_3720.jpg
I took this picture into photoshop and followed the instructions on how to apply the mirror effect. After trying it a couple of times to get the right look, this is was the result.merging layers bubbles.jpg
It was so much fun, trying to get different rotation and effects not to mention all the different blend modes that you could work with. I tried it again this morning with some fairly newish images.I shall give you the before and after just so you can see the difference.


As you can see, complete transformation from just and image to artistic patterns.
I am quite in love with this now and I can see me doing more of these.
As I said at the start of my post, it’s nothing amazingly new. I bet all of you on here already knew how to do this. I was quite excited on learning this and loved the results.
Well that’s my little creative post for this week. Thanks for stopping by and I will catch you next time 🙂

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This morning was pretty fun. For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to take some macro shots of the oil and water combination and I’ve never taken the time to try it out…until this morning 🙂
Last night I was on Instagram as usual when I had a notification for a new follower. So I checked out the profile as you normally would and so glad I did because he had taken some shots of this combination in a way that MADE me want to try it out today. This is why I love social media and the internet. You just never know when you will get that next bit of inspiration.

Anyway, this morning I did a little more research and watched a few videos at the process behind and around this little project. This is a list of the things you need.

  1. Glass plate or bowl
  2. Two chairs
  3. Coloured paper
  4. Oil, water and washing up liquid
  5. Lamp

If you find the best spot in your house which has a great natural light source and position your two chairs both either side of each other leaving enough room to rest your plate or bowl, still seeing the floor below it. Then place your coloured paper on the floor underneath it with your lamp shining on the paper to give it a reflection.
Fill your bowl/plate with water, then squeeze a little washing up liquid in then a few drops of oil. You’ll see that the oil rests on the top whilst the washing up liquid sinks straight away. You are now ready to start photographing. If you find that the oil drops have started to rest on the side of your bowl, just gently give the water a slight stir.

Whilst I played around with this and tried a few other things….. here were my results.

I used my 100mm macro lens and my settings were as follows: ISO 100, f6.3, shutter speed between 1/25 and 1/30, I also used a on camera speedlight which was on 1/16.
As you can see, whatever you wish to use as the background, it will come through very nicely. I hope you enjoyed this little read and please do try it out and let me know what you thought. It’s a good way of really focusing with your macro.

Have fun and I’ll catch you next time!

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Trying to stay creative

Today’s post is all about finding ways in which to improve.
In my spare time I always try to find inspiration, whether its from blog posts, photography pages, tutorials or just the usual social media sites.

This morning I read a good article which also gave you a short video clip  – Creative ways to photograph Wedding rings. I thought some of these were very clever and the finished product looked stunning. As I’ve already had a go at photographing my wedding rings, I thought I’d try again after having watched this video baring in mind that I don’t own half the stuff this guy was using. I improvised and used what I had and gave it a go.

So my first image, I used two Photosel standing lights, a 4 in 1 reflector and used the silver cover. I had a white tabletop backdrop and a handheld portable led light to add in a bit of extra light. My camera settings were as follows – ISO 100, F3.2 and shutter speed of 1/200. I had a canon 540EZ speedlight and used my 100mm macro lens so I could really home in on the sapphire of my engagement ring. This was my finished product for this particular shot.
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My second image I used all the same lighting, backdrop and reflector. For my bokeh, I used two types of tinsel that I haven’t yet put away from Christmas ( shocking I know ) one blue and one purple to give some nice colour. I also used two silver tablespoons that I positioned quite close to my handheld led light to give off a nice reflection onto the rings. My camera settings were – ISO 100, f2.8, shutter speed 1/200 and the same macro lens.
This was the finished shot .
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As you can see from my photo’s to the ones in the video, I couldn’t quite get the two different sorts of lighting as he used a tungsten light to give that warm look and he had other lighting to which I haven’t yet got. I just wanted to show you that you can still produce quite a good shot even if you don’t always have the right equipment. Its also very good practice for when you do finely get the right lights or props etc.
This is good for me to do as I will be shooting my first wedding in March and I need all the practice and advice going 🙂

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed this little post and hope you’re all having a great Tuesday.
See you next time 🙂