Let’s Have a Go!

Over winter I had no wildlife to film.

Having a high resolution camera and a Macro lens, I came up with a few ideas and tried using the kitchen as my studio.

The mixer tap came in handy with just a few height issues, so with a Godex Flash Trigger and Flash I set up for my first attempt.

What a fantastic effect the water had just pouring over the glass.

I used the Sony 90mm 2.8 Macro lens to get the images above. The flash was essential for the images to be right.

With the results being so good for my first attempt, I went a stage further and just used the mixer tap . I turned the tap on ever so slow, so that a small drip was dropping.

I placed backdrop at the back of the sink on a chopping board to give it a nice effect. It must have taken 100 images to get one just right.

I was so happy with the results and my imagination ran a bit wild, so more backdrops, and more images that I really like.

Having my African Grey Parrot Bella gave me more ideas.

Using her feathers, I purchased a small small eye droplet holder.

Placing the feather on a flat surface, then water and using a Mini Manfrotto Tripod, I setup the camera using Manual Mode and using the Sony Focus magnifier to get it all in focus.

I had to use f11 to get the depth of field and all the feather and droplets in focus. It took lots of attempts.

Using Bella’s feathers, I tried a few more images with a mirror and some water droplets.

Having tried many creative images, the one I wanted was the dandelion clock with a tiny water droplet sitting on top.

The equipment consisted of small table and a plastic tray half filled with water and a small piece of BluTac.

With some tweezers, I carefully picked out a clock and put it on the BluTac, and placed it in the water so it was submerged just up to the base of the stem.

The background was very important, so I printed some images off the internet and placed them at the back of the tray.

I think the results speak for themselves – and this was my first time trying this.

Moving onto the next challenge – the water droplet hitting the water.

For this I had to set up a tripod and make a hanger I could attach a sandwich bag with water in.

I then used a plate with water in and added food colouring for effect.

Setting the camera up close to the plate, I used a thermometer in the water with one hand and focused the camera with the other.

Using a knife, I pricked a hole in the bag, watched where the droplet landed and focused on it.

Watching the droplet come down, I anticipated when it would hit the surface of the water.

Finally I got very creative and tried lots of different things – below are some of my most imaginative ideas.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

2 comments

  1. Your liquid photos are stunning Ron . The way you’ve captured the
    Droplets is amazing. The patience you have pays off. Your wildlife photos are just as stunning. Long may they continue.

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  2. Are thanks Janet is it nice seeing my images in full resolution. You have cheered me up, you are the first to leave a lovely comment. I psyed for my webpage in the end.

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