You need water to live, you know it well. This is from a physical, biological point of view, but have you ever thought about whether you could live without water from a more poetic point of view? Many times I have heard “I could not live without music” (neither can I) but I never heard “I could not live without water”. I suppose it is obvious, but imagine that it was not necessary to keep any living organism alive, that you could survive without water. Can you imagine your life without it? I do not.
I cannot imagine a world without sea, without rivers, without rain, without springs or without the dew that bathes the flowers at dawn. Water is so present in our lives that we do not think that we can be missing, or what we would do if it did not exist, however we like water, we are crazy, we are passionate and that is why we love to portray it in any way. But it is also that the water is very photogenic, it does not matter that you photograph it in the immensity of an ocean or in a tiny drop that falls from a branch. It always looks good in the photo. What yes? I ask you with the certainty that the water has ever appeared in a photo of you, as the protagonist or as a background, but surely you have portrayed it.
In today’s post I will not tell you how to photograph the water. I will not give you advice for this, or make a tutorial, no. Today I am going to make your imagination work. But I’m going to make it very easy for you. I will give you a few ideas to portray the water and from there, if you leave your creativity free, it surely gives you a few more ideas. Ideas call ideas! Do you want to meet them? Well, here we go, get settled!
Reflexes are one of the most attractive ways for the eye to photograph water. This forms a reflective layer that acts practically like a mirror offering as a result a symmetrical image, full of harmony and very pleasing to the eye. The reflections can be captured in a sea, a lake or even a puddle. A little while ago we dedicated the weekly challenge to reflexes , they were not exclusively in the water but many of them were. I encourage you to take a walk through the participation galleries and take some ideas.
2. EXPLOSION OF A BALLOON
Shooting at the exact moment when you blow up a balloon full of water results in a shocking image. This is something that happens so fast that no matter how much our eyes see it, our brain is not able to process it, so it is a totally unusual image for the viewer and therefore tremendously attractive.
You will need good lighting because this shot must be done at very fast speeds to freeze the movement of water. If you are looking for a helper you will facilitate the task and, very important, do not despair, if it does not come out at the first, or the second, keep trying, it will be better every time and when you get it you will feel so proud of yourself That you want to kiss you!
3. WATER DROPS
Another task for which you will need to arm yourself with patience but with which you can achieve spectacular results is to photograph a drop of water. Surely you have already seen many similar images of water drops, but there are different variables with which you can play to achieve something more creative and original. Play with the background by changing the colors, ink the water in the container or the drops. For the latter you can use several dyes and drop several at the same time. Or you can do everything, there is no limit to creativity, you decide. Here is an example of the sea of interesting (if you visit its gallery you will find a lot of examples that are worth seeing). Do not worry if you do not know very well how to start, Mario tells you step by stephow to photograph a drop of water without dying of despair .
A moving reflection, a container with water, drops of oil and a color filter, splashing water on a colorful surface … There are many ways in which you can turn water into abstract art. Here are two examples, can you think of any more?
5. DEW ON PLANTS
The morning dew on the plants is pure visual poetry. If you are not one of the world’s earliest people in the world … a trick: take a spray dispenser full of water and spray with it the plants you want to portray, it will not be the same but it can be worth it . Here are some tips for photographing flowers and everything you need to know about plant photography (they can come in handy).
Or what comes to be the splash of water. A dip in the sea or in the pool, a jump over a puddle or a hose under full pressure can result in fresh, fun, rhythmic images and above all very attractive. Here is an example, but if you put “splash” in the search engine, you will find hundreds (or thousands … ).
7. BREAK THE WATER
If it can break … I mean break your stillness, the smooth barrier that separates the water from the surface. A hand that hits it, a foot or any other object can serve to achieve an image similar to the example. As you will see, the black background works spectacular in these cases, but you can also try other funds.
8. IN THE AIR
Look at this example, I imagine it is shot at the same time someone throws a bowl of water and orange. Dare to try it, it does not have to be an orange, it can be a strawberry, a tennis ball or whatever you can think of that may look good. Nor does it have to be the white background … invent, test and choose the option you like best. Of course, you will have to use someone to help you or a self-timer and tripod. Ah! And count on the ground will be filled with water, so do it in a place where nothing happens if liters of water fall, you will have to repeat it more than once .
9. IN A CUP
In a cup or any other container that is pretty This example, according to its title is made with champagne, but it could well be done with water. I advise you to practice the “shot to the cup” because you will have to throw something inside so that the water jumps in this way and at the same time shoot … you better seek help, right?
10. FROM THE ROOF
Rainy days offer endless possibilities to photograph the water, one of them is the drops that fall from the ceiling. If you are one of the people whose laziness wins most of the battles, this is your “ideal” idea, since it is not necessary or that you go out, it is worth having a balcony or similar.
11. ON A SPIDER WEB
See how beautiful it looks when the rain (or a spray spray) bathes a spider web. Take a similar photo, but leaving your own mark. Surely you find the way, playing with perspective, composition, negative space …
Finally, I leave some inspiring examples and I remind you that it is you who has to play, have fun and experience. These are just a few ideas to encourage you to try and find other ways. The only limits to creativity are in your head, it’s time for you to break them !!
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