I’m currently reading Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlite’s, by Syl Arena. I’m only about half way through the book, but so far I highly recommend it. One of the things the author repeats throughout the book is to not be afraid to go out and make mistakes. Basically, he espouses learning by experimenting, which has always been my philosophy as well. And this afternoon, I finally had some time to set aside for experimentation.
I set out to shoot with some wine glasses, some colored water, a flash and a solid two hours of play time. I had a vague idea of what I was after, but the main goal was just to experiment with different lighting setups. I used virtually no continuous lights, all of the setups I played with were flash plus reflectors, diffusers and a light tent. I had an absolute blast, made a heck of a lot of mistakes, and – in my opinion – came away with a decent image or two.
My favorite shot, fittingly enough, was the last image I made.
I also like this shot, which is more or less what I set out for:
There’s additional images from the shoot up on the Flickr stream.