One of the most amazing things about photography, for me, is that it allows us to see things in the world around us which we would otherwise never see - usually because they're moving too fast!
So on this grey, rainy, back-to-traditional-English-Winter kind of day, I thought I'd brighten my day by trying to capture water droplets landing in a bowl of water. I can already hear you thinking "Mmm-hmm, sounds thrilling". Well, it was certainly challenging, and patience-testing! But I reckon the results are worth it. I'm always amazed to see such an everyday thing as water looking so different...
Like these golden droplets:
Now my original plan was to try and capture the 'crown' the drop makes as it hits the water. Turns out that this is way easier said than done! This was the best I managed to get:
The background wasn't right in this shot - but hey, it's all about the experimenting.
I finally settled on a bright blue background, which I reckon gives a nice effect. Here are a selection of my favourite shots:
Of course the real magic here is that there's no magic involved whatsoever. No camera trickery or special effects. This is just what water does - and that's plenty magic enough for me!