Last night's shoot was what I call "left of center". Often times I start out with specific photos in mind that I want to get, and I quickly find out that it's just not going to work! For instance: I can't capture a collision drop (where a drop falls on top of another drop), or I'll get strange reflections, or the timings not right, etc.
Rather than getting frustrated, I change tactics and go for something completely different. The photo above is what I call a second phase drop, which makes more of a "mountain" shape, than a "column". I don't often try to get these. Second phase is a later drop, that happens after a whole set has occurred: drop, crown, column, ball, back down into ripples then to a second phase. It's also smaller, and often slants to the left or right, rather than straight up and down. This column is pointing "left of center".
For inspiration, I always ask myself, what would happen if... And I choose something different from what I normally do. This photo is the result of putting together colors I wouldn't usually pair together. I like the effect though, it works for me.
Sometimes life is just a little "left of center!" You never know what paths it will take you down...