More experimentation today, this time with light shining through coloured liquid. Using a set of shot glasses and some mysterious coloured liquids I set up this little effort in the kitchen. Worked reasonably well. Had to cheat a little because the yellow was blown out so I used a shot taken with a lower exposure to add the detail back in. The liquids, in traffic light order, are: neat summer fruits cordial, diluted orange cordial and ... Fairy liquid. Wouldn't want this trio on a night out!
Street lights at night can be very pretty. For someone who lives close to the centre of a large city, skirting round the edge of the town centre can provide a host of beautiful views at night. One advantage to using a wide open lens when taking these pictures is the capture of bokeh, or creative blur. An extreme example is shown to your right; a mass of coloured circles that roughly represent the city they are part of. A more subtle example, of course, is in the picture of the day at the top of this post. The lights cluster around the top of the leaves like fireflies, obviously part of a cityscape but at the same time abstract. The extreme out of focus image is a blurred version of the picture on the left. A view over Sheffield from Pitsmoor, looking up Netherthorpe Road and up to the university. Even when the buildings are focussed (roughly; I'm still practicing) the lights take on the shape of the lens's aperture. I try to incorporate some foreground focus wh