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In about 100 shots, this is the only one with droplets on top, which was my intended final result. Why? Because I knew some people might jump to conclusion too early and said "they are jello" without further consideration, if there is no droplets in the shot.
No, of course they are not jello, they are real splashes. The high speed flash froze the action.
How to make harmonic action like this? First of all, you need two MDF board and mount one piece on top of the other one with drawer slides. Then you need to install a spring (or strong bungee cord) in between two boards. When I pull the top board leftward, the spring will be energized. When I release the top board, it will be pulled by the spring and quickly moves all the way to the end. The sudden stop at the end will create a splash for any wine glass glued to the top board. I glued all five wine glasses on a piece of reflective board for the reflections. For better adhering, sanding the bottom of the wine glasses and part of the reflective surface is helpful.
Mess and clean up: After each shot I used foam brush to clean up the table top and used Q-tips to clean up the inside of the glasses. This procedure makes my next shot clean and easy for post processing.
Lighting setup: To freeze the action of splashes, the white background has to be illuminated by flash with fractional power. I used one single flash for this.
The colorful liquid: The colorful liquid was made possible by using the following products
William's photo captioned "Bad water basin" captured in Death Valley National Park (see attached image) is now under voting phase (dated 1/16/2012 to 1/31/2012). Please support and vote his photo. You may win $100 by voting daily.
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Yesterday was the only one precious sunny day for the whole week. I carried two video cams and multiple mount harnesses and bought a lift ticket, then shot the video for whole day. After transferring all the video clips into my computer, I used Corel Video Studio Pro X4 to edit and add music. The max resolution is 720P. hope you like the video, enjoy!
Solar activity peak every 10.7 years, so the space storm around earth will be stronger than normal every 10.7 years. Substorm is the cause of aurora dance, therefore aurora dance correlated to solar cycle which is 10.7 years. The best time to view aurora dance is predicted as 2013 or wait another 11 years.
I just purchased two magazines on which my photos are published.
First one is National Geographic Dec 2010 issue. The snap shot of cover page is
The snap shot of the page with my photo is the following
The second magazine is Outdoor Photographer 25th Anniversary issue Dec 2010. The snap shot of the cover page is the following
The snap shot of the page with my photo is the following
I opened both side of a can and attached it to the air hole of my subwoofer with masking tape. Stretched a piece of food wrap on top of the can. The 80Hz low frequency sound vibrated the food wrap and the liquid on the food wrap jumped up as soon as the vibration started. The liquid was milk with icing colors used in my four color crown.
The viscosity looks higher than normal in 3 of the 5 photos here because of the following possible reasons:
1. Evaporation over time - I did this project for 3 days.
2. I captured the earliest moment of the vibration.
3. Soft lighting.
Four of my photos are finalists of Sony Art Of Photography contest on Outdoor Photographer Magazine website and are under public voting now. Please click each of the following thumbnails to cast your vote.
The following 3 photos are in Storytelling category:
The well known milk crown splashes are usually white. To make it colorful, you need to use some icing colors - the food coloring dyes. I purchased four different colors of dyes from Michaels craft store.
I also purchased the Invent-a-scent fragrance kit botanicals. Four 0.5 oz fragrance oils each & four dropper lids (made with glass) included. I just needed that four dropper lids to make my artwork easier. Well, still not easy at all because the failure rate was so high.
This was my first time playing icing colors with crown splash. It took me 4 days and about 1000 shots to finish the project. The colorful tiny splashes messed all my equipments, but icing colors can be cleaned by wiper easily.
The whole bottle of one gallon milk had been consumed for this because the colored milk turned into pink yogurt quickly and so smelly. I cleaned up and refilled the fresh milk many times.
Hope you all like the final result.
While walking on the hiking trail in Paradise of Mt. Rainier National Park, my new friend Dennis found this lost baby bird and told me. We took many macro shots then. This baby bird kept calling its family but there was no any answer except our sounds. It looks hungry and cold but we were not allowed to feed him/she. I used off camera flash and macro lens to take pictures because it's so small.