March 13, 2011

Oil and Water

A couple of photographer friends have recently posted some fantastic images of oil drops in water.  I decided to give it a shot this afternoon.  I'm pleased with the results I got, but I definitely want to do this again to refine the process.  By varying the background and stirring up the oil, you can get an endless number of unique images.
Special thanks to Robert Jensen who was kind enough to share his expertise with me.

Oil and Water images were taken with the Canon 7D and the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro.
I also used my Manfrotto Tripod, Radiopopper wireless triggers, and Lumipro LP160 Speedlight.
My beanbag from provided some weight.
I've also included an image of my setup.


  1. Your images are really cool. I also really appreciate that you showed how you set it up because as I was working down the page I was wondering how you did them. Thanks!

    (PS) I found you through DPS. Your comment on the macro article.

  2. Great work Jeff - Do you recommend one particular oil over another for this project?

  3. Thanks, Renee! That's a great question on t oil. I'm not sure that it would make a huge difference which oil you use. I think the big difference would be in the color of the oil. I think the next time I do this I will use mineral oil since it is pretty clear.

  4. This is so cool. I am going to try it soon. Thanks a lot for the brilliant tutorial. :)

  5. Really great work! also really appreciate you showing the setup and how you got those photographs. Really want to give this a go.


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