Day 21 comes to you from a little morning inspiration. Not this morning, but a morning back before my glass beaker mug cracked when I was making my morning tea. As it was steeping, I noticed the streaking lines of tea dancing in the water, slowly enveloping it. After that, sometimes when I used that mug I would dip the tea bag into the water and watch the droplets cascade down.
With that in mind, today I decided to try and get a picture of it. I have never done anything like this before and wasn’t sure how to go about it. What I did know is that I would need a lot of light to be able to use a faster shutter speed and a higher F stop. The problem is that I don’t have a studio set up, and the only light that I have is an external flash – which I knew I would need. I took to using the balcony window to light up the background, while using the flash to light up the tea. I dipped a tea bag in my french press carafe (Vahida gave me that word), but once I got it in the frame with the water, I knew there was going to be some issues with reflections. I ended up using a piece of white card stock as the background to block out the darker reflections, but if you look closely, you can still see some of the lighter ones in the shot.
With my setup complete, I went about dipping the tea bag into the water, waiting a few seconds for it to start to steep, then pulling it out to let a dark droplet flow down. I had to try with a few batches of water, but I ended up with a few shots I like. This is the one that won because there is more white space.
Even though I was using a flash, I was still unable to get the higher F stop that I wanted and was only able to shoot at 1/100 of a second. It was fast enough to get the shot, but it would have been nice have the larger depth of field that a higher F stops brings. In the end though, this has peaked my interest and I am hoping to try it again with some more equipment. Might be a Harris-Weir collaboration project. I would also like to try combinations of colours in the water and also liquids with different densities to see how they flow down.
I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Canon 24-70 F4 L lens at 70mm, shooting at 1/100, F6.3, with an ISO setting of 100. It was a mix of sun and clouds when the shots were being taken .