While at Willingham, we also happened across this strange bubble. It was about 12mm in diameter, and didn't seem to want to burst. It was too clear to have been plastic. Could have been glass, I suppose, but it seemed too light and was sat perched on top of a blade of grass. We were too hesitant to touch it lest it burst. It was most peculiar. In this picture, you can see how many of us were crowded around it trying to figure it out, and in the centre my Canon A495, which performed admirably considering it was the cheapest obviously non-crap camera I could find. Yes, cheaper than any Samsung.
I was recently asked if I could help out providing an image for a magazine article about stress management. For reasons as yet undiscovered the requested image would be of the USS Enterprise flying through a storm in space. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time (just a couple of hours), but I did have a very nice model of the Enterprise D I could use to build the image around. Thinking fast, I rigged up a rather slapdash rig consisting of a black reflector backdrop, an umbrella and stand from which dangled the model by a thread, and a couple of strobes. One light above, diffused, to provide the key light, and another, reflected and lower power, to fill some of the very dark shadows. It ended up all looking something like this: Using a fast shutter, f/16 and cunning flash positioning I managed to keep the background black and give the model suitably textured lighting so it didn't have that flat, uniform, shadowless appearance of, well, a model. The narrow aperture obv