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Oil and water don’t mix, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Spending a day at home recently, one set up a little “stage” and improvised a lighting setup on my kitchen counter. The subject I wanted to shoot was “oil and water” so a couple of glass vessels were deployed. The shots in today’s post are actually oil, water, and a couple with some dish detergent mixed into the water.

One or two, like the one above, had some india ink added in as well. Obviously, I was using a macro lens.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Above, it’s just oil and water, with a two light setup (cool and warm) bouncing their beams in and around a little tent of colored paper I erected around the camera, which then diffracted through the glass vessel containing the liquid.

If I was a “proper” photographer, I’d assign the image some self important sounding name like “amygdaloid dissonance number six” or something.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This one is a witch’s brew of ink, detergent, water, and vegetable cooking oil which received a pretty energetic mixing up. I had to let it settle for a bit so that the soapy foam could decay down to the surface.

It’s probably my favorite of the series.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Desirous to not totally “abstract” the shots, a point was made to pop the minimum power flash and bounce it off a piece of white paper to illuminate the foam. All the other light, obviously the “warm” lamp, was coming from below.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Curious as to what a pure detergent foam in water would look like under the macro lens, the shot above was produced. To me it looks a bit like some sort of monstrous spider web, but a lot of things remind me of monstrous spider webs.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

Posted in Astoria

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