I have mentioned our weekly photography challenge group on Facebook in previous blog posts. [Reminder - you do not need to be a member of the Southwest Missouri Camera Club to join this group!] This week's challenge is to shoot something you have never shot before. For someone who has been shooting over 10 years that seemed to be quite the challenge. I started wandering around my house, looking for that one item I had never thought to shoot before. Then the idea of oil and water popped into my head. This is something I have always wanted to try but never got around to actually doing it.
I did a Google search for ideas about how to set up the shot. It is a fairly simple set-up. A glass container of water raised at least a foot from a colorful background. I used my macro lens on a tripod, parallel to the water for better focus throughout the frame. You also need something to stir the oil to keep it broken apart (I used a spoon).
Some things to consider:
- The weight of the oil can give different results. I used an inexpensive olive oil.
- Adding a drop or two of dish washing liquid is supposed to give a different dimension to the bubbles. I did not try this, but might in the future.
- You need a fast shutter speed to stop the action of the swirling water once you break up the oil. With the lighting I had set up, I had to go to ISO 3200, even at f2.8. I'm sure there is a better way to set up the lighting.
This is something I will definitely try again.
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