One of the best gifts we can give to others is the gift of inspiration. For photographers inspiration is the key that unlocks the door to creativity and enables us to share our thoughts visually to the world. Once we learn the rules of photography we soon realize how important it is to have your own visual point of view, but that point of view is influenced by everything around us and every experience we have.
I was recently a judge at a high end photography school and had the opportunity to view thousands of images and spend time with a lot of great photographers. I have never had a real interest in shooting still life photography, but as a judge I saw many beautiful still life images involving water. The images usually involved a product but I was inspired by simply the beauty and movement of water. When I returned I started working on a new series of images to go with my long term personal project. Many won't be able to see the connection of the new work with the other work but once the images are seen together I think it will all make sense.
To make this shot I used my Sony A900 with a 100 macro lens. The lighting was simple and shot the same way I'd photograph a person on a white background except there is no front light. On this day it was the first day of work for two new interns who watched as I set this up. They didn't get the concept until they saw the first image and then it became crystal clear. For more information about lighting and photography check out the many instructional videos at The Gallery Store.
Thanks for all your questions and comments and please keep them coming. For more inspiration today check out this blog by Skip Cohen which includes a video interview by Marc Silber Studios. Click Here
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