A VIEW OF THE WORLD THROUGH MY CAMERA LENS

Multiverse ( 2nd Part)

On a comment made by HeyesPhoto on my previous “Multivese” post he asked what kind of oil I used to get those patterns. I didn’t think a lot about that question then because I didn’t really thought that the actual oil used would make a difference . But then it made me curious…I kept thinking about it…Would a different oil give a different result…? If one has a higher density than the other will I be able to see the difference in the images? So I set on checking out their densities and found out that olive oil has a smaller density than the sunflower one (olive oil – aprox 800 kg/m3 and sunflower aprox 920 kg/m3). Finding these results made me give it one more try at this series of photos as I was now convinced that I might just get visibly different results.

After finishing the shoot and taking a long and inquisitive look and the resulting photographs…I am not that convinced anymore that the oil used visibly changed the photos. I used different colors this time and slightly higher shutter speed…also it is impossible to get the same pattern…but these are the only changes I see. Do you see any change in the images that can be attributed to the oil used ?


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4 responses

  1. I found that olive oil and sunflower oil behaved a little differently. In this series of pictures:

    http://heyesphoto.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/make-dont-take/

    It was a mixture of water, olive oil and myself blowing bubbles through a straw. I really liked the effect it gave! Plus, you’re left with lots of micro-bubbles that seem to be trapped underneath the oil on the surface. If you stir the mixture slightly it almost looks like a rotating galaxy.

    Bryan Peterson in his close-up photography book recommends using massage oil to simulate water droplets – the more viscous oil tends to be better behaved and won’t evaporate so quickly when you want to photograph it.

    Motor oil is something I want to try next!

    February 28, 2012 at 22:48

  2. LoryGlory

    Super tari fotografiile din ultimele serii (Evolution si Multiverse)!!!! Love’em!!!
    Mi se pare foarte tare atat ideea cat si rezultatul ei. Bravo! Sincera sa fiu, nu mi-ar displacea asa niste tablouri :p

    February 28, 2012 at 16:38

  3. Now to let me answer to my own question….It does make a difference and just now I saw it. This sunflower oil that I used for these shots, being denser, forms a thicker layer flowing on the water and it does reflect the light more and better, giving the image a more accentuated 3d effect. If you take a look at the bubbles you can see what I am talking about. Now if that makes the images better…I am not that sure, but I am happy I found the visible change that can be attributed to the actual oil used . Now I am talking about the cooking oil I used, because I am sure if I used hydraulic or engine oil , the results will be completely different. Maybe I will do that next time…yep…next to follow is hydraulic and engine oil :)

    February 28, 2012 at 15:52

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