It was beautiful weather outside today but a few days ago was a different story. Stuck at home I was looking for something to shoot and decided to revive an old experiment.
I was pleasantly surprised with how differently the results came out this time compared to my first take on these.
Here’s what you need to try a few oil and water kitchen abstracts for yourself:
- A colorful background such as a wild Hawaiian shirt, crazy tablecloth, torn colorful paper scraps, wrinkled gift wrapping, or colorful placemats.
- A clear glass baking dish.
- Something to raise the dish up from the background such as a clear drinking glass at each corner [I did this the first time around]. Or you can experiment with placing the dish directly on the background as I did with this set of images.
- Enough water to fill the dish over halfway full.
- Cooking oil.
The set up:
- Place your background on the ground, floor, or table. Outdoors in the sun on a nice day or indoors near a sunny window on a cold windy day like I had.
- Place you dish of water on the background or slightly raised above the background.
- Set your camera up on a tripod or plan to use a quick enough shutter speed to prevent shake.
- Pour drops of cooking oil into the water and once the movement has stopped start shooting.
- Aim carefully at the bubbles of oil on the surface of the water. Try moving around to different angles and getting in closer with a macro lens or the addition of an extension tube or two.
- That’s it! Colorful abstract images created entirely in camera.
Let me know if you give it a try!
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