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Photo365 - 1 - Oil on Water

Pete > Pete Blog > Photo365 - 1 - Oil on Water
01/01/2011 - 10:09 PM



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Here's my first shot for my new Photo 365 Project taken tonight. I've been meaning to get round to photographing oil on water after reading Alison's Photo Month article on ePHOTOzine: Oil on Water. New Years Day saw me lethargic from a previous night of celebrations so it seemed like the perfect time to do the set up.

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I used a large spice jar lid to hold the water and added some vegetable oil. The lid was attached to a McClamp and held in place over an upturned studio light with a softbox attached. I then placed a sheet of polarising gel and a cd tray under the lid to give a cross polarised colour effect background and the camera was set up over head on a Vanguard Tripod with macro arm. The 100mm Pentax lens had a polarising filter attached.

See here how to do cross polarisation photos.

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 85795 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2011 - 9:32 AM

I have some similar lids but the blasted things leaked! It might be worth seeing if I can seal them though as your method is less likely to result in oily water all over the floor!

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2011 - 10:56 AM

Thanks for your article Alison....really enjoyed the motivation and playing. I shot with different oils...and I then tried adding ginger beer, fairy liquid, window cleaner, henderson's Relish etc to see what effect you get. The one in the gallery is with olive oil I think. The one above is vegetable oil. I prefer the thicker oil shots.

cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 85795 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2011 - 1:04 PM

Sounds like my attempts - not being much of a cooking type I had to buy the olive oil especially for the drops. However I do have a pot of WD40 knocking about somewhere - might be worth a go Smile I've put some sealant round the edge of my lid thingy - given the temperature in the house it might take a few days to set so maybe I'll get a chance to try it out next weekend.....

cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 85795 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 10:10 AM

Finally I've got my little tray wotsit sealed and now have the bottle of oil standing in a jug of hot water waiting for it to become liquid again. Guess what I'll be doing later on? Smile

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