Although more of a technical feat than anything else, these were a whole lot of fun to create.
About 30 minutes of set up time, another 30 to really dial in the remote flash set-up and the camera, and voila, some cool water shots. After the first several shots, I decided that cool colors would really make these different, so I lined the edge of the bucket with colored construction paper and aimed the flash at the paper, instead of at the droplet. Once I covered the bottom with black, and the sides with red and purple the colors really started popping out.
This year was the first Mother's Day since my Mom passed away. As overwhelmingly sad as that felt at points in the day, there is so much to be thankful for, I can hardly consider being sad for too long.
Sometimes in life, things happen that are so far beyond our human ability to explain them, that I find the only thing left to do is leave these things in God's hands. I don't know why Alzheimer's took my Mom just as she was beginning to fulfill her dream of being a Nana, and to have daughters-in-law to love, and grandkids to adore! I can only tell you it profoundly hurts. But along with the sadness, there was celebration as well.
Hey Mom! Your namesake learned to ride a bike today! It only took a couple of tries, before she worked up the determination to ride around on the driveway, and then up and down the street! Right before she did it for the first time, she got this look in her eye that reminded me so much of you. She had bobbled a few times, but gotten really, really close. And I asked her, "Are you going to do this?" She looked right at me and put on this mischievously determined little grin that told me she knew she was going to do it, as if to say, "Are you kidding me, Dad? I've got this!" and off she went. Wow, you would be SO PROUD!
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