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Robert Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2002
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Oil on Water Photography Notes Available


 
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Not really a question - just wanted to let folks know that if you have never tried photographing Oil on Water, I have put together a Microsoft Word document describing my recent experimentation with this and will send it to anyone who sends me their email address using the BPMail.


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3/10/2011 2:50:37 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Very cool. I will send you my e-mail address. And thanks. That is very kind of you!


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3/10/2011 2:53:56 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  If only we could turn that oil into a little gasoline!! :) I checked out your website, Robert, and it appears that you could give us a few lessons on insect photography as well! Your work is really top-shelf!


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3/10/2011 4:57:53 PM

 
Robert Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2002
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  Thanks Mary - sent you the article

Thanks Bob - I'm actually a trained entomologist so have had the opportunity to photograph a lot of insects. Didn't do much of it last year but hope to do more this spring and summer.


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3/10/2011 5:20:47 PM

 
Linda Proctor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/5/2004
  Amazing Robert I will mail you Thank you


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3/10/2011 6:17:25 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thank you for the notes Bob. This is such a giving gesture, and the photos are superb!!!

UB.


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3/10/2011 7:46:22 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Superb images and a very clear text. Thanks so much for making this information available to us all, Robert. This technique looks like challenging fun!


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3/11/2011 8:30:53 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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  Thanks for sending it to me, too, Robert - so far I've just zapped through it quickly, but I plan to spend some time to see how it's done!


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3/11/2011 10:14:09 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Just opened your file. Amazing that you can put so much time into this text to so openly share with others. Thank you sir! As I am searching the house for the perftect glass/vase, I am wondering how much abstract effect a glass that is cut w/design on the bottom would work. As in a Waterford glass. It is cut like a star on the bottom. Seems like it would be interesting. I also have a ball head for my tripod. Not sure if I can get my camera to go parralel on the tripod.
Thanks Robert, I know what I will be playing with all weekend.

Regards, Mary


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3/11/2011 11:31:17 AM

 
Robert Jensen
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  Thank you all for your comments.

Mary ... please let me know how your glass works out? I have tried a vase with a "cracked-look" bottom, but did not like the results.

I am experimenting now with putting air bubbles inside the oil droplets and will resend my article to everyone after that experiment is done.


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3/11/2011 11:34:39 AM

 
Lori B. Gagliano
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2005
  Robert, these are incredible. I have tried to do this but mine surely don't look like yours. I'd love to receive your instructions on how to do this. Thanks.
Lori


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3/11/2011 12:49:59 PM

 
Wanda Knoss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2003
  Thank You for sharing! The instructions were great along with the diagram's and the detailed examples. It is very much appreciated.
I cannot wait to experiment!


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3/12/2011 7:38:54 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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  Sample using olive oil
Sample using olive oil
Air bubbles placed within olive oil - notice the silver surface tension rings produced.
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  Sample using sesame oil
Sample using sesame oil
Air bubbles placed within sesame oil - notice the golden surface tension rings produced.
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two of them here.


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3/13/2011 3:58:21 PM

 
Nancy Thorington   Robert, these are beautiful. This is something I have wanted to try for quite a while. I would love to have your notes so that I might give it a try. Thank you.


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3/15/2011 4:45:27 AM

 
Joan M. Reuben   Robert, these are beautiful images. I would love to learn more about how you created them. I was also intrigued with your orchid photographs. They are special. I will send you my email address and thank you very much for sharing!! Joan Reuben


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3/15/2011 5:48:42 AM

 
Bruce A. Dart   Olive oil on water is quite interesting. for one assignment (liquidity) I added some food coloring, just a drop or two at a time and then swirled. The results were amazing, especially when a little olive oil was added. Shine a light on it (even a flashlight) and the possibilities are endless.
Bruce


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3/15/2011 5:55:45 AM

 
Lesliediana Jones
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  Great images. I have wondered how it was done. I will send you my email address. Really gracious of you to share.


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3/15/2011 6:36:11 AM

 
Deborah Owen   Really fun images! I would love to receive a copy of your instructions. Thank you!

Debbie O.


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3/15/2011 7:23:44 AM

 
Donna L. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Hi Robert, I would love to read your notes on oil and water. I've tried it but certainly not to the beautiful extent you have! Gorgeous results. Thanks for sharing!
Donna Jones


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3/15/2011 8:11:36 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Hi Robert,
well this looked like it was going to be much easier than it is. I tried it. I used fabric for bg color. my canon 100mm macro picked up the grain in the fabric. I used an office type spot light on porch with daylite. all I got was a big blur. I will practice again. after trying this I have much more respect for your quality images.
I'll keep you posted.


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3/15/2011 2:35:48 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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  Mary ... due to the textures in some fabrics, you may need to place the fabric further away from the surface of the water. Also, be sure if you are using daylight that you have a fast enough shutter speed to stop any movement in the water. If there is any movement at all, I would highly recommend using a flash.


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3/15/2011 3:14:40 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Hi Robert,
I just came in from the porch from trying again. better but not quite there yet. I am using my canon 580 exII flash. I have found that too long of shutter spd when I use f22. I actually put it on auto. (yikes! never shoot auto). but it gave me a fast shutter. not sure what the issue is with the long shutter spd. I was using iso 100. spot metering. I tried the olive oil, then the avon sss. the skin so soft seems to all form in one slick where the olive oil keeps its bubbles. I'm going back to read your settings again.


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3/15/2011 3:24:47 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  ok, I just read all my mistakes. The sun is starting to set here in SW Florida so I will try again tomorrow.
As you can tell, I am determined!


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3/15/2011 3:32:52 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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  Mary ... using F22 may be the reason you are seeing all the texture in the fabric. As long as your camera lens is parallel to the surface of the water, you only need F8-F11.


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3/15/2011 3:36:39 PM

 
misty moore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2010
  Very impressive. I would love to know how. Thank you for sharing


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3/15/2011 4:13:09 PM

 
D Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2008
  Awesome images! Would love a copy of your instructions. So very nice of you to share!


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3/15/2011 6:32:23 PM

 
Moyna MacIlroy   Hi Robert
Great images. Would love to get a copy of your notes to try it out. Never used this forum before. HOpe this is the right place to send you my email address. macilroy@citytel.net
Thanks!


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3/15/2011 8:34:36 PM

 
Karen E. Baumann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/10/2007
  Beautiful images, Bob! I just sent you a message, requesting your notes on how to try this type of photography!!! Thank you to Usman for sharing this with the PG 101 group!


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3/16/2011 7:10:36 AM

 
Robert Jensen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2002
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  Lesliediana ... I need your email address so I can send you the notes.


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3/16/2011 11:38:56 AM

 
Misty Blue
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/10/2009
  Thank you so much for sending the notes.... I'm looking forward to try this out!!!


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3/18/2011 8:05:55 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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Hi Robert,
Upon trying your technique many times and not coming up with great results, I decided to go outside the box. This is an image from my oil & water attempts. I added flood filter, then flexify filter along with running it thru many topaz filters. I am partial to abstracts so I kind of like it. Hope the color is coming to you as I see it. reminds me of a sunset/moonset over the gulf. This was kind of like making lemonade out of a lemon. ;). I will keep trying to get good results with just the oil drops. Thanks for inspiring me to do something!


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3/23/2011 12:58:45 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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Robert, I deleted the image and made a change to it. here is the corrected image.


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3/24/2011 11:56:37 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Starburst Abstract
Starburst Abstract
this was originally oil drops on water. Reminds me of the spin art that we used to get at the county fairs in the 60's.
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  my moonset.
my moonset.
flood, flexify, and numerous topaz filters.
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ok,,I'll try again.


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3/24/2011 12:52:15 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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  Beautifully done Mary - I like both images a lot, especially the 2nd one. It is a superb "modern" abstract.


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3/24/2011 5:11:03 PM

 
Dr Silly
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  Awesome images Bob and Mary. :O)


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3/25/2011 2:05:22 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Very cool Robert, This is something I experimented with but didn't get your results. I will contact you via your website as I too would love to know your tips & tricks :)
Cheers,
Carlton


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4/2/2011 7:28:23 PM

 
Barbara Sherman   Thanks for this offer. I too would love your notes. Your work is stunning!

Barb


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4/6/2011 10:19:26 AM

 
Dr Silly
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  Thank you Robert for the notes you sent me. :O)


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4/6/2011 10:32:46 AM

 
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