Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle!
So this month the common theme in many of my photography groups has been experimenting with light and shooting through different objects to achieve new and exciting results. Enter the copper tube couplings:
I bought these guys at Ace Hardware for around five dollars for both. The trick is to hold one very close to your camera lens and shoot through it, capturing the reflection of light sources in and around your frame.
A few things I've learned through this endeavor: The brighter the light source the harder it is to control. Full sun is no joke. Not only do you have to be mindful of not blinding yourself with the reflection inside the tube but you also have to maneuver yourself so that the light isn't pouring right into the lens. The best way I've found to use sunlight is to have it right outside of your frame and use the tube to pull in a small reflection.
Dimmer ambient lamps, nightlights, candlelight - these are where the money shots have been for me. You can shoot directly at the light source and adjust your flare exactly how you want it.
Black and white makes a real statement with this technique though color can product some amazing results as well. My vacation starts today and I already have my copper tube packed in my camera bag. I can't wait to experiment with it more and see what I can get!
Be sure to check out the incredibly talented Michelle Kriewall of All Your Heart Photography to follow the circle!