Unique: Oil + Water = Artistic images
The Set Up
1) Clear glass pie dish or clear baking dish.
2) Cooking oil
4) Multi colored photo, fabic, wallpaper, etc.
5) Two – four drinking cups
6) Spoon or knife
I filled a clear glass dish with an inch of water and a half cup of oil. I used a three foot high table to set up my system as you see in the picture. Because of the size of the glass dish 4 short drinking glasses were placed underneath the dish at the outside edges.
For the opening image I used a bowl of marbles of different colors and sizes. Whatever you use it must be something with a lot of different colors. My set up was done inside next to a window for lots of nature light.
I shot all of my images with a Nikon D300 using my Tamron 90mm macro lens, but you can easily use any camera if it has zoom and/or macro capability. My image was shot without a tripod making sure I got the front of lens parallel to the water. I used an f/stop of f/8 and tried for a shutter speed at least 1/100 of a second. You may need to adjust your ISO to get the correct shutter speed. You want a fast shooting shutter speed to make sure you stop the moving bubbles.
Pour the oil on the water and get lots of bubbles. I used a spoon to swirl the water fairly hard to help create bubbles. I pulled out the spoon, looked through the cameras viewfinder, and watch as the swirling bubbles passed through the frame. The bubbles will be moving pretty quick at first, but they slow down and that is when I take the shot. Make sure your camera is focused on the bubbles and not what is below the dish. When the movement of the water stopped I would start moving the water & oil again with the spoon.
This is a lot of fun and anyone can shoot this type of photography and create some very interesting artistic artwork.
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