I had a lot of fun with yesterday’s apple shoot and at one point I accidentally snapped off a shot while I was spritzing the apple. This resulted in a shot of not only the apple, but water spraying around and bouncing off of it. It was really interesting, but the focus wasn’t 100% for that type of shot, mostly because I wasn’t shooting all that fast – only 1/50 of a second, and spraying water moves pretty fast.
Needless to say, that didn’t stop be from going a little crazy and trying a few shots whilst spraying the apple like a mad man. Before to long, everything was dripping wet and I started to have some concerns because our kitchen table, which is what I was shooting on top of, is wood – and wood and water do not tend to be the best of friends. I didn’t want to much time to pass with the wet blanket laying on the table, so I quickly finished up the shot and got everything dried up. Upon looking at the shots afterwards, I saw that the concept was really exciting and I loved how it turned out, but the focus ended with it not being the shot of the day.
Tonight though, I wanted to have another go. Since how I had the shot setup was still fresh in my mind, I knew it wouldn’t take long to get things back to how I had it. The difference this time was that I put down a black plastic garbage bag so that the table was not in contact with any water. From there, it was just a matter of spritzing and shooting. I had to adjust the focus a little bit as things went on and for the different ways I was spraying. For some shots, I was spraying so that water would bounce off the front of the apple and for them, the focus was more to the front, but for this one I readjusted to put the focus in the middle. I did have a high F stop, to maximize the depth of field, which helped to bring more droplets into focus. For this, I found that if I aimed right for the middle of the apple, right at the stem, water would bounce in very interesting ways. This was the clear winner from the moment I snapped it.
I found it interesting how it took some time to get my brain trained to spray and snap at the same time. The first handful of shots were all taken after I was done spraying.
Canon 7D, 1/200 of a second, F22 and ISO 100.