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.
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.
While the blue and yellow started to settle, we dropped in some red to see what would happen.
Not to be left out, we added a bit of actual green to the party.
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.