STW Challenge for February: Splish-Splash. Drip-Drop.

I have many ideas for upcoming Still Life With challenges. But I couldn’t resist making February’s challenge all about messy, moving food when I saw this little clip on DIY photography pop up in my newsreader a week ago. The post featured the photos of Christian Schierig in a series of fruit splashing into water.

Freezing time in shots like these requires a lot of skill and some fancy flash gear. But, simply capturing movement in your food doesn’t have to. Honey or syrup dripping lazily from the edge of a pancake makes a gorgeous shot. A single drip creating waves in a tea cup is equally beautiful.

The trick to all these shots is to think a lot about focus, and making sure that the point of interest in the photo is clear and sharp. If you are shooting with a point and shoot, make sure you are using the macro mode on your camera! And, if you are using an SLR, you might want to turn off your autofocus and set the focus yourself manually. Once again, a tripod will go a long way towards improving your shots.

As for last month, the White theme was a huge success! I saw some fantastic images, and really appreciate folks being open to (and hungry for) feedback. As a reminder, the feedback shouldn’t just be coming from me… if you are posting photos to the group, do make sure you spend some time viewing the photos of others, and adding your comments. We all have insights to offer.

The usual rules and are up on the Flickr group… the things like be constructive, take the photos during the month if possible, 3 photos per person and the last day is February 28th.

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