As I took a couple of photos, and
looked through the camera, I noticed that every second or so a bubble
popped to the surface from the base of the reed. When it burst it
caused ripples in the water that radiated as concentric rings from
the reed's base.
Now I was really interested in getting a good
I made a couple of exposures, however, by the
time I saw a bubble and reacted it was too late, the ripples were
well away from the reed. The only course of action was to try and
time my shooting to occur just as, or just before, the bubble appeared,
then rely on my reaction time and the shutter lag to actually fire
the shutter at the correct moment.
It was very hit and miss, and required quite
a few photos to be taken, but of course this is one of the areas
that digital shines. I made about 10 exposures and reviewed them
after each one. Of all the shots, two had the rings exactly where
I wanted them, the others had rings at varying distances away from
With film I would have had no way to review
the shots, and therefore probably would have taken a lot more to
ensure I got it. This would be a double whammy, having to take more
photos, and having to pay for the film.
The main photo (Figure 2) depicts what I was
looking for, an extremely simple image of a reed and a near perfect
reflection, with just that little extra.