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Oil on water.

rebel06

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Had a play with oil on water, great fun, hope you like the results.
I also post a set-up. Tablet is good light source with a multi coloured image on screen
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If anyone tries it out please post.
 

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Great results! Very Star Trek!
 

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Thank you for the set up diagram, very helpful.

Colours in the first are wonderful - two very likeable images.
 

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+1 to Snips

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Great results! Very Star Trek!
Thank you for the set up diagram, very helpful.

Colours in the first are wonderful - two very likeable images.
Thanks also Phil

Thanks guys, may be of interest the images below are the ones I used on my Tablet screen.
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Wow! Crazy patterns! Love the oil drops - they have a feel of interplanetary travel about them (not that I take interplanetary travel that often...)
 

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Well done. The set up diagram will be helpful for many.
 

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Good job! I like making these kind of things. Another way is to put colored water on top of oil for a slightly different effect.
 

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excellent shots
 

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Your first shot is fairly similar to the results I got trying this years ago at our photo workshop, but the second is miles ahead of anything any of us produced!
Was there anything special you did for that one?
 

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Your first shot is fairly similar to the results I got trying this years ago at our photo workshop, but the second is miles ahead of anything any of us produced!
Was there anything special you did for that one?
The only main difference is I altered the angle of the light source (tablet) so the oil was lit from an angle instead of straight up.
The star burst was added in post.
 

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Here is another from that shoot.
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in a galaxy far far away, great images and has inspired me to have a go in the next week or so. Good explanation in the diagram as to how to go about it, and the star burst , corny but works very well here.
 

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Very effective indeed Paul! Seems a very easy thing to do, so I'm tempted. I have only used water in one photo experiment and that was for droplets (I might post a couple), so I'm guessing that adding oil will be a natural progression. Cheers, Greg
 

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Great results Paul, tried this before but never thought to use a tablet as a light source.
 

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Great results Paul, tried this before but never thought to use a tablet as a light source.
You are welcome to use my backgrounds I posted in post#5
 

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Great results Paul, tried this before but never thought to use a tablet as a light source.
I use an artist's lightpad which has several levels of adjustable brightness. On top of the lightpad, I put colored patterned vinyl which I get from a window vinyl vendor as free samples or for $.45 each. I also use gel films and anything that is translucent that allows the light to pass through to my subject. Most of the time I put the vessel directly on top of the lightpad though sometimes I raise it up.

Lots of ways to do this and its fun to do. Rebel06 got great 3D on a couple of his shots. I typically try for this with fill lights from the side though the bottom lighting is a good start.
 

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I think you need some separation from light source to glass dish so as to blur the background.
 

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I think you need some separation from light source to glass dish so as to blur the background.
That's exactly what I figured that you were doing raising the vessel up. My last shots done on the lightpad were 5/8" gel bubbles with a couple of layers stacked up so the subject itself provided the blur distance. I try to avoid levitating the vessel cuz with 7 cats around they make it risky to have a glass vessel with water and oil or whatever hovering!
 

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I suppose you could always blur the background image in photoshop before loading it to your tablet, that might work.
e.g from this.
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These are fabulous :)
 

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Very beautiful
 
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