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The Best Laid Plans

Have you ever come up with an idea for a photograph in your head and then attempted to create it in reality?

Every now and then I like to try and come up with a creative photograph.

I formulate the idea and how I see the finished image looking and then try to capture it. This does not always work out as planned.

Following on from a shot that I took recently with a used Jack Daniels Bottle and a Firework Sparkler.  I thought I'd try and re-creating the 'lightning effect and produce a macro 'sea scape' with a storm at sea effect.

I half filled an old goldfish bowl with water and floated a Preiser 1/28th scale model fisherman in the middle. The idea was to drop the sparkler in the top and create the lightning effect through the smoke.


I 'sensibly' managed to fill the tank up with warm water which was a mistake given that I had to shoot outside in sub-zero temperatures. The water quickly fogged up on the sides of the tank obscuring the fisherman (of course!)

I was also a little early in the evening and there was a bright twilight sky which looked pretty but due to the reflective bowl created some un-wanted reflections (of me, of my house, of surrounding trees etc.)


The bottom line is that I didn't get that close to capturing the idea but I did get some interesting shots from the evening.

Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 56mm f1.4mm
The warm water in the bowl is forming condensation which was a mistake but it makes this shot look like a dawn mist on a quiet lake.

Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 56mm f1.4mm
The Smoke from the Sparkler is too thick and obscures the subject. The Sparks are also not interesting enough and don't resemble lightning.

Light Catcher

In one of the shots a spark from the sparkler has streaked down and hit the bucket in the fisherman's boat. This feels like a keeper and I titled it 'Light Catcher'

Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 56mm f1.4mmFuji X-T2 and Fuji 56mm f1.4mm