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Alien Invasion

By MarkyMarc
I bought some neon coloured paint this weekend and had a go with that.

Thanks for looking


Tags: Specialist and abstract Paint splash drop drip

Voters: Steffiku, carlosalvarado, Trev_p and 326 more

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14 Nov 2005 5:13AM
Best of the bunch I think Smile

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paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
14 Nov 2005 5:15AM
Ah, I was waiting for the next one. Another cracker. Love this colour. PAul
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Nov 2005 5:15AM
I love it, the best of far...(sorry, said that before).

vince 13 48 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 5:21AM
Excellent capture well taken.


cdm36 13 391 7 England
14 Nov 2005 5:21AM

jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
14 Nov 2005 5:22AM
This is colourful.

Rob_p 12 80
14 Nov 2005 5:23AM
New this was yours from the thumbnail.
Another AWSOME shot!!
Very well done matey
jpenguin 12 66
14 Nov 2005 5:24AM
great work.
andrewjen 12 99 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 5:26AM
Excellent shot
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
14 Nov 2005 5:27AM
Oh, yeah! Another cracker, Marc!

thewaiter Plus
15 1.2k 9 England
14 Nov 2005 5:33AM
cracking capture
DeanH 12 45 1
14 Nov 2005 5:42AM
wow stunning capture. click

ian walker 12 716 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 5:44AM
cool image - just as good as the others :o)
TeresaH 12 1.1k United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 5:50AM
Fab again, one of the bits at the front reminds me of a snail.
grahamab 11 183 England
14 Nov 2005 5:56AM
Brilliant, the colours make the difference.
Click !
xanda 13 244 2 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 6:07AM
These just keep getting better. Clix.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
14 Nov 2005 6:13AM
I didn't think it would be possible for you to improve these. But this is incredible. There is an extra element of depth about this one. I'll probably look at this 5 times today...
chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
14 Nov 2005 6:16AM
Clever,clever photography!!
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
14 Nov 2005 6:20AM
Thanks for the comments everyone!

I've been experimenting with the lighting to try to make the paint more vibrant. I used a blacklight on this shot, it makes the colours a bit brighter even if the flash stobe cancels a lot of it out.

eos3 13 41 Wales
14 Nov 2005 6:45AM
Superb capture.

richshep 15 10 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 7:04AM
great shot. looks like you've cracked this high speed macro thing!
ericfaragh 13 138 4 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 7:09AM
Great catch, nice dof control.
maroondah 14 239 1 Australia
14 Nov 2005 7:14AM
Superb image, how on earth is this achieved. Its something I would like to try but don't know where to start.
User_Removed 12 4.9k England
14 Nov 2005 7:40AM
cracking result, well done.
floreus 12 106 1
14 Nov 2005 8:06AM
Pete must have read my mind as I was about to write that this is EC material and he beat me to it. Very well done!
Consulo 13 840 10 Scotland
14 Nov 2005 8:12AM
Make that an RC to go along with your EC. Smile
sut68 13 2.0k 76 England
14 Nov 2005 8:12AM
Nice stuff - well captured.

MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
14 Nov 2005 8:27AM
Thanks guys!

Thanks Pete for the EC, it's my first one. How exciting!!

mikears 13 89 Canada
14 Nov 2005 8:32AM
Holy cow!! This is Amazing!! Well done Marc.

... and wait.... could this be the first Canadian EC??????

Well done and congrats
14 Nov 2005 8:43AM
STUNNING well done ~click~
starliz 13 1.6k 3 England
14 Nov 2005 8:45AM
well deserved EC RC amazing shot.
Pricey 12 127 2 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 8:46AM
Great capture...
helendixon 13 30 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 8:57AM
Simply the best! Stunning.

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
14 Nov 2005 9:03AM
An EC! Congrats Marc. This really is amazing. Now I only have 4 more views left today!
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
14 Nov 2005 9:06AM
lol, thanks!
jasonewell 12 34 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 9:43AM
Congratulations on your first EC, well deserved.
MadTrace 13 268 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 9:45AM
WOW, this is fantastic, I have no idea how you achieve this and would love it if you could maybe upload a tutorial for us that are unable to get such amazing shots, they really are incredible, I have been watching your portfolio with incredible interest and it just gets better, do let us know if you write a tut! Wink
csurry 15 9.2k 92
14 Nov 2005 10:14AM
Ohhhhh, the black works well. Unfortunately not had time to play and working away until nearly Xmas now. However, I will get around to the challenge. Congrats on the EC, but as Arnie says "I'll be back" Wink)

You've obviously perfected getting lower down almost level with the drop, very interesting, not managed to perfect that angle yet.

Would be interested in how your set up looks compared with the one I described for the water drops. If you want to upload some images of the setup I can post a blank image and you can use the mods rather than waste a days post. Let me know if you want to, if you don't that's fine.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 10:56AM
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
14 Nov 2005 11:12AM
I took a quick photo of my setup and posted a link to it in one of my previous photos comments section. Here it is again for those that missed it. On this shot the backgound is black Formica rather than the white in the picture. I get the colours by mixing paint from the craft store with water. It's the paint that is usually used for painting those cast plaster/ceramic craft pieces.

I'd be happy to answer any more questions about the setup if anyone has any.

PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
14 Nov 2005 11:25AM
Cheryl has her work cut out for her now!!!!
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
14 Nov 2005 11:25AM
Probably one of my favourite droplet shots ever!!!
mattberry 13 259 14 England
14 Nov 2005 11:26AM
Bugger! you got me liking a drop shot and I thought they were boring! gotta be the colour in this and the clarity! so sharp it could cut!

Well done!
ovi 13 11 1 Romania
14 Nov 2005 11:36AM
Droppppping Philosophy.Excellent.Congrats on EC.
mshepherd 13 667 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 11:38AM
Stunning - Congrats on the EC - do you have a circuit diagram (if you are willing to share it) for your flash set up? (Thanks for show us how you did it)

definitely the best so far (anymore to come? (i hope so)
Mary_C 11 1 Wales
14 Nov 2005 11:46AM
Amazing; awesome; fantastic!
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
14 Nov 2005 11:55AM
None of it is a secret! I'm happy to answer any questions.

Check here for the triggers and associated diagrams. the flash I am using is an old Vivitar 283, it works very well for this sort of thing.
willf1 12 51
14 Nov 2005 11:57AM
Congrats on the EC. Very well deserved for this shot. I really like how you have caught the yellow details in focus and the green tones just out of focus. Very strong image.

ojjo 12 10
14 Nov 2005 11:59AM
just recently discovered your portfolio... your splash series are really astonishing. click and congrats on EC, well deserved!

Dinda 12 90 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 12:24PM
Amazingly imaginative series!! Only just spotted, but will keep my eyes open for more.........
dalowsons 13 89 Australia
14 Nov 2005 1:16PM
Just come across your portfolio and it's inspirational - congrats on the EC !
paulstefan 12 509 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 1:37PM
What a fantastic contraption to make such a fantastic image.
Congrats on the EC
14 Nov 2005 2:18PM
Superb series! Congrats on the EC too Smile
14 Nov 2005 2:39PM
Suberb color...and nicely captured!
Keelo 14 18 Australia
14 Nov 2005 6:52PM
Absolutely brilliant shot, congrats on the EC, well deserved.
liparig 13 233 United States
14 Nov 2005 10:14PM
liparig 13 233 United States
14 Nov 2005 10:14PM
baker58 14 101 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2005 11:37PM
Outstanding shot.So crisp and colourful.

csurry 15 9.2k 92
14 Nov 2005 11:54PM
Thanks for the pic Mark, but where is the camera in relation, this is the problem I am having, getting the camera low enough but keeping the "bg" clean.

I see you are a bit of an electronics whizz Wink) You know you could sell that kind of stuff on ebay!
mshepherd 13 667 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 1:06AM
Thanks for the link - I've already got a sound trigger - I went through 50 party poopers a while ago and was only happy with 1 shot! Your work and patience has inspired me to dig out the sound trigger and build a motion one too
trahern 13 863 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 2:20AM
Very nicely done.
StevenHanna 14 296 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 2:24AM
Great shot!

mattmatic 13 598
15 Nov 2005 2:49AM
Absolutely amazing! Wow!
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
15 Nov 2005 5:01AM
Cheryl - The bottom edge of the lens is pretty much touching the Formica at the leading edge. I'll try to get some more photos of the setup with the camera included for you tonight .

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 5:05AM
absolutely outstanding, congrats on the E.C
Brewster 12 4 Scotland
15 Nov 2005 5:09AM
Very well timed shot.
Well done on the EC

Nic_WA 12 179 2 Australia
15 Nov 2005 5:21AM
Very cool ...well done on your EC.
csurry 15 9.2k 92
15 Nov 2005 9:41AM
Thanks Marc, truly appreciated. Not kidding about the ebay if the cost is not prohibitive you've probably already got a market of about 50 potential customers on here.
mr g 13 403 3 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 9:57AM
A stunner!!

MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
15 Nov 2005 8:31PM
Cheryl - Here is another shot of the setup showing the position of the camera, etc. Try not to laugh too much at my homemade softbox =)
ading 13 2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 11:13PM
Excellent!!! and stunning shot! Regards, Abdul
vickyh 15 706 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2005 11:58PM
You know Mark, you could make a fortune in selling kits to all the photographers on here who would like to have a go at this, but who know nothing about electronics.
tg 13 86 Scotland
16 Nov 2005 1:24AM
Cool shot. Congrats on the awards.
Dodge 12 1
16 Nov 2005 3:40AM
Absolutely stunning image; the crown shape has been captured beautifully. Marc this is really inspiring. I'm a freelance and have seen millions of good pictures during my life, but this one is really is an absolute gem. Probabaly far too good to win any comps though. Well done for sharing the set-up; very altruistic.
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
16 Nov 2005 5:42AM
No way??
Yes way!!!


Well deserved EC, Marc!
Congrats from the bottom of my heart... : )

tce5 13 61 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2005 9:38AM
Absolutely stunning. This is the best drop shot I have seen. I love the way the paint makes a crown shape - fantastic.
Well deserved EC.
Gabriel 11
16 Nov 2005 9:43PM
great timing.

synaesthesia 13 389 England
17 Nov 2005 12:06AM
Have 100 clicks mate.

kidda 15 277
17 Nov 2005 3:43AM
Just amazing, this one is perfect!, you have some great images with this technique, I must get some of those gizmos and have a play!

p.s. is it a Transistor-triggered photogate with delay your using here or a Schmitt-triggered one? (I was looking at the site you mentioned on one of your other piccys)
Jasbe 12 116 England
17 Nov 2005 5:56AM
very nice shot. Cheers Jason
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
17 Nov 2005 6:49AM
Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming response to this shot!!

Chris - It's a Schmitt trigger photogate with delay. The transistor one would proabably be too slow for this application.

kidda 15 277
17 Nov 2005 7:31AM
Thanks Marc I don't fully understand it all, but just want to make sure I'm looking down the right road!

kokobrown 13 1.9k Scotland
17 Nov 2005 8:06AM
excellent work!

urban-hero 13 23 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2005 3:07PM
Seriously stunning!

julesm Plus
13 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2005 4:03AM
Just noticed your portfolio.

These shots are incredible.
I might try and have a go myself Smile

Kris_Dutson 14 8.2k 1 England
21 Nov 2005 3:10AM
For home made kit you get excellent results - a lesson to us all I think.

mshepherd 13 667 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 3:27AM
congratulations on photo of the week - well deserved
whipspeed Plus
13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 3:38AM
Congrats on EC & POTW, very well deserved. Great images.
Dennie 12 260 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 4:32AM
Excellent!!!!!!! congrats on the POtW well deserved. and EC & Rc. Denise x
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
21 Nov 2005 4:34AM
Just noticed this has gotten POTW, can't say that I'm surprised, probably the best from the series and simply put an awesome shot.....Hats off to you Marc!

MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
21 Nov 2005 5:05AM
Photo of the week !!!!

Wow, I can't believe it. Thanks everyone, I'm thrilled!

gemm 13 800 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 5:15AM
Just found this. Absolutely brilliant! Well deserved EC and POTW.
sybilla 13 258
21 Nov 2005 5:42AM
Well, havent you been having fun! We are all rushing of now to buy some neon paint.

Congrats on your awards.

flossie 14 1.6k
21 Nov 2005 5:48AM
What an amazing shot, well done on getting pic of the week, very well deserved.
I'd better go and have a look at the others you've done, seem to have missed most of them :o(
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
21 Nov 2005 6:02AM
Congratulations Marc! I was hoping that these would get the recognition they deserve. Can't wait to see more!
mikears 13 89 Canada
21 Nov 2005 6:41AM
WOW - picture of the week - You've hit the big time!!!

MartinWait 13 92 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 8:13AM
Well done!

jamil 11 4 Scotland
21 Nov 2005 10:10AM
Just superb.
turtle1 13 41 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 10:26AM
I am so pleased you got pic of the week - this is brilliant work

21 Nov 2005 12:09PM
An incredible shot and amazing timing. I like the colours.

ajstoke 11 7 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2005 12:43PM
unbelievable shot.. keep up the good work !!
Andy_Britten Junior Member 11 96 England
21 Nov 2005 12:56PM
brilliant, congratulations photo of the week
tce5 13 61 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2005 2:30AM
Congrats on photo of the week. I love this
22 Nov 2005 2:44AM
Fantastic shot. Well done!
synaesthesia 13 389 England
22 Nov 2005 4:19AM
I worthy winner for POTW.

Flippin brilliant
22 Nov 2005 6:57AM
What a stunner. I think i prefer one of your previous ones though.
AnneMB 12
22 Nov 2005 7:10AM
Great image
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
22 Nov 2005 8:04AM
Well deserved!!!!
Congrats Mark, your determination finally brings you your first POTW! And there will be many to come.

park my ferret 13 1.0k United Kingdom
22 Nov 2005 4:11PM
wow !!!!!
MiemieW 12
23 Nov 2005 3:19AM
unbelievably nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
U4eA 12 475 England
23 Nov 2005 11:33AM
Finally...Smile Well done.
23 Nov 2005 12:39PM
Simply fantastic!
MickH 12 1 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2005 1:49PM
Well done, excelent shot.
rosie42 13 7 Australia
23 Nov 2005 7:45PM
Brilliant ...

Susie :o)
icafe 13 19 Canada
24 Nov 2005 5:39AM
You have mastered and interpreted this technique in a most creative way.
Arthur Smile
24 Nov 2005 3:25PM
Excellent creative stuff!

26 Nov 2005 10:28AM

26 Nov 2005 12:49PM
Excellent capture,well done.

matt d 12
30 Nov 2005 12:38PM
Excellent photograph, very creative and looks fantastic, well done.
peder 11
15 Dec 2005 10:53PM
tce5 13 61 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2005 3:58AM
Hi Marc
Just had to have another look, i want to attempt this myself. Let us know what it looks like on canvas when you get it.
StevenPrice 12 30 2 England
24 Dec 2005 6:01AM
excellent i had a go but mines nowhere near as good.

MarkT 12 119 2 England
26 Dec 2005 12:07AM

lmhr9 12
22 Jan 2006 2:45AM
steve5452 13 15 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2006 11:05AM
WOW thats just stunning!
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
1 Feb 2006 8:34PM
Thanks to everyone who keep leaving me comments on this shot. I never imagined that I would have a photo with over 200 clicks!

LauraD 11 1
15 Feb 2006 5:52AM
So impressive, I just saved this as my screen saver!!
Casper 12
23 Feb 2006 9:41PM
Hey Marky, I just saw u'r pf. actually it's not easy to apreciate u'r work. Really really great work
Sorry that i can not comment on each and every one of them. Time doesn't permit that.
But I should say that I enjoyed them a lot. Specialy those crowns.
And more than anythin I really enjoy u'r setup for getting crown shots Smile.
good work pal
keep it up
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
27 Feb 2006 6:21AM
Hey Marc,
Did you see that this shot was in Andys shot of the EPZ stand with KeithH in it?
See this
MarkyMarc 12 498 Canada
27 Feb 2006 6:43AM
I didn't see that, thanks for pointing it out Patrick!
Se7enUK Plus
12 114 England
3 Mar 2006 11:59AM
Saw this at Focus above mine, very nice and looked well on canvas. :o)

All the best
90125 11 3 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2006 1:53PM
Inspiring as i'm new to the game-keep it up! 90125
towerbends 13 21
1 May 2006 12:14PM
Challenge anyone to resist clicking on this amongst the thumbnails - stunning.
lloydee 13 247
25 May 2006 2:55AM
Saw this on Canvas at the Focus 2006 NEC - Looked amazing. Thought it was time to comment. Very inspiring

SamGillespie 11 94 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2006 6:03AM
Fab! Its like a crown!
very clear and amazing colors. Love it!!!

davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2007 6:35PM
....just picked up on this .......... note other competative comments.......... irrelevant

it is in my opinion a classic in it's own right well done

db Smile
Igloo 9 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 1:13PM
That is one cracking photo!
ketch 9 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
17 Jun 2008 10:59PM
Top notch eh Grommit

jusjudy 13 United States
7 Aug 2008 12:06AM
You make a great splash. Looked at all of them and was thrilled. Never get tired of seeing what you can do. Keep working! Judy