#Take52 Week 11: Green

This theme was in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. So I was quite tempted to take a picture of the celebrations here in the city (Yes, St. Paddy’s day does get celebrated here on the tiny red dot as well!). Unfortunately we couldn’t go to the parade at Boat Quay and my plan was washed out. Continue reading


#Take52 Week 4: Glass

The theme this week was a lot more difficult that I had initially anticipated. Primarily because focussing on transparent glass is a challenge in itself. Let alone compose a shot that is artistic and well balanced.

A number of the participants though were able to deliver some stellar shots. I did get some great tips on future shots and I intend to use them and hopefully get a chance to explain my process in more detail as well.

I ended up with a shot which is a homage to the Christopher Nolan movie, Inception. Well, just barely! In one of the scenes the water in a glass seems to be defying gravity since the dreamer is experiencing movement in the real world. This is the screen grab from the movie Inception –


And here is my crude attempt at recreating the shot.
Week 4: Water Defying Gravity

To achieve the water tilt look I stuck the glass to the coffee table with Blu Tack and then placed the table on an incline. The shots were then rotated in Lightroom and cropped in a manner to achieve the illusion that the water in the glass alone is at an angle defying gravity whereas the glass itself is lying flat on the surface. A few tweaks on the exposure and shadows helped bring focus on the glass and balance out the colours.

Technical Details

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
  • Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Aperture: f/3.6
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter Speed: 1/180
  • Focal Length: 31.5mm

Not the best emulation of the shot, but it helped me flex my muscles (both physical and mental) and isn’t that what the challenge is about as well?

There were a few other shots that I considered uploading for this theme but decided to relegate them as runners-up. You can check them out on my flickr site –

Runner Up Image 1

Runner Up Image 2