As we head into Winter here in Vermont and with our baby coming in the Spring I have been looking for a photography project to occupy my time. In the coming year I may not have as much time to shoot my landscapes and I finally settled on water and splash photography. The initial cost of supplies for the setup to make these images is very inexpensive and shots like this really appeal to my love of injecting a bit of chaos into my photography work.
I have always been a huge fan of works by Jackson Pollack and Salvador Dali. They influenced my early artistic endevours however through photography I can add my own twist on this type of work. I am also a big fan of minimalistic work and I thought that the above image really represented those two diverse and very different styles of art. Originally I did not intend to keep this image but once I started to work on it and the forms started to take shape i knew I had a keeper.
The one thing that I find most interesting about practicing the techniques to shoot these images is that no two splashes are ever the same. Due to the nature of different liquids and how they interact with water you are always guaranteed to come up with a new composition every time you do these. This image reminded me that creativity can be boundless and inspiration can come from many different sources!
Just to show an example of how much clean up can be involved…Here is a screen shot of the above image after spot removal in Lightroom and before I mirrored and flipped in Photoshop.
Image Data: ISO 100. Canon 60mm Macro lens. F8 @ 1/250. One Canon 430 ex II speedlight with a off camera shoe cord.