Day 78 – 01/22/11 – Diffusion, Part Deux

We were supposed to be at the water park this weekend, where I’d planned to make the final two images in the Splash series.  Unfortunately our plans changed and that trip didn’t happen, leaving me without a planned shot for the day.

So, by popular request, I revisited yesterday’s diffusion shot with the macro lens.  It took some experimenting to get the light right on these.  The setup I finally ended up with was a daylight balanced workshop lamp from the top of the light tent shining down into the vase, plus a Speedlite with diffuser inside the tent flashing directly through the vase.

My lovely assistant put the food coloring into the top of the vase a few drops at a time while I snapped away.  We took a lot of shots, and narrowed it down to these five that show the progression of the various colors we used.

First off, and the official shot of the day, is a drop of blue and a drop of yellow.

Blue and yellow food coloring diffuse through a vase of water

Blue and yellow food coloring diffuse through a vase of water

As we all learned in Kindergarten art class, yellow and blue make green.  Turns out that’s really true.  This shot contains an awful lot of green down towards the bottom where the colors were mixing, but there is nothing but yellow and blue food coloring in the vase.

Blue and yellow food coloring mix to make green

Blue and yellow food coloring mix to make green

While the blue and yellow started to settle, we dropped in some red to see what would happen.

Red food coloring joins the blue and yellow

Red food coloring joins the blue and yellow

Not to be left out, we added a bit of actual green to the party.

Green food coloring joins blue, yellow and red

Green food coloring joins blue, yellow and red

Once everything had a few moments to diffuse I made our final image.  This is an interesting shot as you can still see the individual diffusing colors, but they’ve spread enough to have color across the entire canvas.

The well mixed result of blue, yellow, red and green food coloring

The well mixed result of blue, yellow, red and green food coloring

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17 Responses to Day 78 – 01/22/11 – Diffusion, Part Deux

  1. Those are awesome, I would love to try that sometime!

  2. Becky Sue says:

    Excellent! They really came out great.

  3. I love how they turned out! I love how the yellows in the first image and the greens in the fourth image are dancing! They are all really good and very interesting to look at but if I had to choose, I would say the fourth one (with the greens added). There is something pleasing about how vivid the greens are yet, how soft all the other colours are! Besides, Amy thinks it’s a real cool picture! 😀

  4. These are amazing!!!! I think you’ve officially inspired me to get a macro lens.

    • Jim Reed says:

      Thanks Whitney! You should definitely try out a macro, they’re a lot of fun. But you can do similar shots with any lens you have that has a relatively close minimum focus. You can also pick up closeup filters for a fraction of the cost which let you focus up close with any lens. This set is only $23 for instance.

  5. Sounds like you’re having fun with food colors..I think my favorite is one with the red (3rd one).

  6. Duoae says:

    Pretty interesting pictures! 😀

    I’d be interested to know how an “outward” diffusion from one point would look in the water too. If the dropper (or pipette) could be inserted into the water and then release a drop of the colouring the effect might be quite different in contrast…

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