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Oil on water setup

By aldasack1957
To whom it may concern Smile Setup for oil on water fotos. Just ignore my messy desk Smile
Note: the hammer as a counter balance for the DSLR.
Colour reflections created by LCD shining on a CD

Tags: Oil Setup Humour and fun

Voters: mike9005, saltireblue, pamelajean and 6 more

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saltireblue Plus
10 10.8k 62 Norway
17 Dec 2019 5:22PM
Interesting to see your set-up.
What oil do you use, and have you found different oils give different results?

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PhilT2 Plus
10 531 31 England
17 Dec 2019 8:34PM
I always wondered how these shots were taken. Thanks for sharing your technique
pablophotographer 9 1.6k 376
18 Dec 2019 2:06AM
I will echo PhilT2's thankfulness. I have practiced with a frying pan but I guess cd's offer better reflections.
18 Dec 2019 10:34AM
Hi all Smile Some additional information
1. A glass bowl illuminated from below is ideal.
2. Water depth at least 2 cm, so that the bottom of the bowl is no longer sharp. Aperture approx. 5.6
3. Coloured light (continuous light = LED) from below gives good results. A CD automatically delivers "rainbow colours", however, only in a narrow area. Therefore a macro at 1:2 is ideal.
4. exposure time shorter than 1/100 to stop water/oil movements.
5. I tried different oils, what a mess to get everything clean again.
6. the following procedure worked best:
- Fill in clean water. Water from the tap can contain fluff or particles, which you can see clearly later.
- Fill in a little oil (e.g. sunflower oil), pipette, syringe or directly from the bottle.
- Stir the whole carefully until many single drops form.
- Wait !!! until the movements have calmed down and small "islands" with groups of drops have formed.
- Move the camera / glass bowl so that the drops are in the field of vision.
- Adjust Sharpness / CD / light and adjust lighting / colors until a good photo is possible.
- Photograph as long as the oil islands do not begin to wander through thermal movements.

Good luck

saltireblue Plus
10 10.8k 62 Norway
18 Dec 2019 10:51AM
Many thanks for all the additional information and for sharing the whole procedure with us!Smile

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