Splash! September Photo of the Month

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Summer is over, and fall is here, and so is another photo contest, with yet another repeat winner. Lee Pelling has been getting creative with lemon slices and his efforts have netted him another win.

Some newcomers and a few regulars have joined him in the top five of this month, so have a look below, and click through for more…

1st place

Splash of Zest © Lee Pelling

Some words from Lee:

“Took these shots of Lemon and Lime in a aquarium which i set up at the kitchen table.The tank was filled a little over half full and i put some black paper on the outside of the back of the tank for the background.

I also screwed up some kitchen foil then straightened it out to give a reflected base which i stood the tank on. This reflects the light back up into the tank and produces the highlights on the underside of the fruit.

I had a speedlite to camera left firing through the side and a speedlight to camera right firing into the tank from above away from the background towards the foil! Both speedlites were wrapped in cling film to protect from splashes.

The speedlites were in manual mode and fired using my Aputure Trigmaster II radio triggers which I think are awesome.

You do need to take some test shots to get the light right but I think somewhere around 1/64th power for the camera left and 1/128th for the camera high right at iso 200, shutter was about 1/160th at about F/16 is a good starting point and adjust as required.

I put a kitchen utensil in the middle of the tank and focused the lens then switched the lens to manual focus to stop it hunting when fired and with the F/16 gives you a good depth of field to play with.

The camera was my Canon 7D on a tripod with my new Canon 24-105mm F/4.0 USM IS L. The Image stabiliser was turned off for this as it was on a tripod. 

It was then just a matter of dropping the Lemon and Lime into the tank and timing when to hit the radio trigger. After a few goes you can get fairly accurate with when to fire.

Tried many items in the tank but I think these were a good combination. My personal favourite is the sliced Lemon and Lime as I like the way the inside looks in this composition works well with the bubbles and light.”

Good fun to do and the possibilities are endless. I strongly suggest you have a go.

2nd place

Lost Soul © Maria Kanevskaya

3rd place

Strange Moon © Joe Dyer

Honorable Mention

Sombras © Deborah Naierman

Honorable Mention

Fireball © Wilson Hurst


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