Kelli Shannon Photography | Catching the Drop - A practice Session

Catching the Drop - A practice Session

February 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A rainy day, a camera, a pitcher, a glass and some almond milk...perfect recipe for playing, "catch the falling liquid".  This is more fun than any one person should have and catching the milk in mid-pour is both challenging and difficult.  Ideally,  all light in the room would have been eliminated so the glass glare wouldn't show, yet, if it had been too dark, there would be no subject to focus and meter from.  Practicing shots of this kind uses one's engineering as well as creative abilities.  

Oh sure, I should be able to use my Lightroom brush tool and slowly burn (darken) the light area; but, my brush tool stopped working for some reason.  I will export the below image into Adobe Elements and see what I can do to erase the glare as I think it detracts from the falling drop.  I took about 25 shots with my fiancé pouring the milk at "go" and ended up with only 3 showing any promise.  For me, it takes a number of shots to get warmed up for this type of session and it truly could take most of an afternoon, mostly, because it's so much damn fun!  So here are two shots that may have some potential.

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See what I mean about the glare being distracting?  I think the shot is pretty cool but there's too much going on in the shot.  Imagine just the milk drops showing....wouldn't that look better?

Same with this one.  Glare isn't quite so obvious but it is there.  Guess it's time to attempt the Adobe Elements repair work.  Did I forget to mention that I'm not the most skilled with this software?  It's like learning a foreign language and it takes many hours sitting at the computer to master even one tool.  Ok, here I go!

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Better?  What a task...not so much the editing part, that was easier than I expected.  It was trying to export the image from Photoshop Elements back into the plug-in I use in my Lightroom.  The other image is lost somewhere so we'll stick with just this one for now.  Let me know what you think!


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