When film was king I made these refractions of light on a thin film of water, mixed with liquid soap.
The set up was tricky as my film of water was flat and I photographed it straight on. The light had to refract it to produce the colours, and the colour “scheme” depended on liquid density, temperature, air movement and light angle.
Enclosed are my scanned images of the films I shot.
A few were done on the 4×5 format, or 10x12cms, but because of the expense of sheetfilm I decided to use my Sinar Vario Zoom Roll Film Holder that uses 120 film to produce most shots.
At present scanning my archive, hence these images surfaced. It also posed an intriguing question – could I do this with my DSLR too? Working on that – see my next post to find out if I am succesful in a week or two.
Made a new set up with different parameters to suit my new studio. No more black walls floor and ceiling, it is all neutral light colours now.
The light is produced by a large flash light diffused by 3 mm translucent perspex; it reflects on the soapy film in front of it and behind the soapy film is a black background, but you can place out of focus reflections there too.
This image above was solarised for fun in photoshop, but this is more what you can expect:
This image was made with a blue red polarizer,the bottle was green and the background was yellow…..
The bottle was backlit and assisted with a little light from underneath through the yellow background.
It was a very simple setup, after all you only had one square bottle to contend with and to apply many different light sources or angles would only confuse the issue. The exposure was measured at aperture F-16, and that included a two stop allowance for the blue red polariser. These combined dual coloured polarisers are underrated (IMHO), you can create some really excellent effects when you select the colours appropriately to the situation. The bottle by itself is not enough, so I created a photograph of a droplet inside the bottle as I wanted to bring some interest and a focal point into this image.
Most people only look at a photograph for a couple seconds and I think you would not have yet noticed that the bottle cap was still on the bottle so the drop could not have fallen through the top. A minor oversight, but this was just a little exercise for me.
I was hoping to create some interesting lights and angles on this bottle but in the end the droplet created enough interest so I did not pursue any other lightsources.
The photography that will be of interest to me is light painting with the Hosemaster and related equipment. Of course my established commercial clients will be happy to know there is no change for them, other then the location…
Started a new project on “Behance”, – Smelly Bottles.
A “normal” (means flash) exposure was created to correctly expose the bottle and content. On top of the flash exposure I hand painted with a very small light probe the lettering on the front of the bottle.
That way the name “Yachtman” became readable, before it quite dark as the bottle was totally back lit. Reflectors placed tightly and carefully angled gave some reasonable roundness and detail to the top.
The top lid in action is the one chosen, it has more dynamics, although the shapes are more confusing.
Photographed on a classy glassy background, the blues were repeated to enhance volume and the “watery theme” – “Yachtman”.
Another bottle, this one encased in metal had some interesting angles to work with, so this image was more about reflections than refractions.
A bit boring and static this image, but the content is far better, so I gave it a boost…
Shape and texture were important, this old bottle of kirsch just caught my imagination
Hand painted with my lightgun, edited in affinity photo and adobe photoshop. A bit sloppy, you can just see the flash meter’s outline, but it gives an almost textured effect so I left it in. The cherries are a stock image added.