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Photo365 - 1 - Oil on Water


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Photo365 - 1 - Oil on Water

1 Jan 2011 10:09PM   Views : 8240 Unique : 818

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.


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 .



cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
2 Jan 2011 9:32AM
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 Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
2 Jan 2011 10:56AM
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 Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
2 Jan 2011 1:04PM
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 Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
3 Jan 2011 10:10AM
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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