Sonata in Blue

© Jeffrey Levy

Sonata in Blue

Uploaded: November 30, 2007 22:52:27


Blue food coloring in gelatin makes for some amazing "liquid" that defies gravity. :)

The glasses really are stacked that way.

Lighting is three clamp lamps ($5 at a hardware store) sitting on the table behind the glasses, pointing at the yellow wall so no light falls directly into the glasses. The glasses are a few feet away from the wall.

Because blue gelatin plus yellow bounced light = green, I corrected the color in Photoshop. Another issue is that yellow light has very little blue in it, so the gelatin appears very dark. I also corrected that in Photoshop.

Lesson learned: think about color mixing when choosing your food coloring!


Lynne Morris level-classic November 30, 2007

Wow Jeffrey, what a beautiful creative still life, the colours and lighting are fantastic, excellent work! #798699

Denise Denomy November 30, 2007

THIS IS A PHENOMENAL PIECE, Jeffrey! :0) #5154426

Teri Soares November 30, 2007

Jeffrey, this is FABULOUS! I've tried a few of these images, but yours are very inspiring and blow mine out of the water. Just wonderful!!! Also, thank you for so generously sharing your technique.

Teri #5154433

Jean-Pierre Ducondi November 30, 2007

Very creative and great colors. Thank you for sharing. Great job.
JP #5154435

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict November 30, 2007

Very lovely image you have here, Jeffrey.

Dominick #5154437

Mary K. Robison November 30, 2007

Extremely imaginative and beautiful creation, Jeffrey! The colors, composition and lighting are outstanding.
WINNER! #5154463

Joseph M. Muench level-classic December 09, 2007

Jeffrey - Incredibly creative! The lighting, color, lines, and composition are truly outstanding. Awesome! - Joe #5188406

Karen K. Givens December 19, 2007

Congratulations Jeffrey on your finalists. Great image. :) #5228469

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 19, 2007

Congratulations on your finalist! Great idea Jeffrey! #5229419

paul parent level-deluxe December 19, 2007

Congratulations on your finalist #5229842

Deb Koskovich December 19, 2007

Incredibly clever, and congrats on the Finalist! #5230126

Jeffrey Levy December 19, 2007

Wow, thanks, everyone! As for sharing my technique, I could never have done anything good without others' generosity, so I see it as doing my part to pass along knowledge. #5230759

Mike D. Perez level-deluxe December 19, 2007

Awesome creativity, clarity and colors, Jeffrey! #5231323

December 19, 2007

Congratulations, Jeffrey! #5231333

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic December 19, 2007

Congratulations on your first place winner, Jeffrey. #5231586

Susana Ms Heide December 19, 2007

LOVE< LOVE< LOVE this image!!! Intriguing and so very creative! Perfect in every way!! CONGRATS on this fine WIN, Jeffrey!!! #5231894

Sylvia Rossler December 19, 2007

First of all..Thank you for letting us know how you made it is a very deserved 1st place winner...picture perfect!! Big congrats :O) #5232308

Robert Mann level-classic December 19, 2007

Hope you got a spot free on your calendar for after the first of the year, Jeff! I feeling a DC day trip or even an overnight coming on. Many congrats on your first place win! #5232358

Paul Vines December 19, 2007

magnificent shot. been away for a while so catching up. but this is fantastic. a very well done and a happy xmas too you

Renee Doyle level-classic December 20, 2007

A real eye-catcher!!! Congrats on this wonderfully creative and well deserved winner Jeffrey! #5232954

Autum Rhoades December 20, 2007

This rocks! GREAT work! Congrats on your win! #5233600

Neil R. Shapiro December 20, 2007

Big congratulations Jeffrey! A wonderful image, and well deserved win. #5234417

Sherry Sturgis December 20, 2007

Way To Go Jeffrey!!! Many Congratulations to you, on this MARVELOUS winner!!!! #5234718

Kristi A. Howson December 20, 2007

Congratulations on this wonderful First Place Winner Jeffrey! Amazing skill in the set up as well as the photography! #5234991

Terry L. Ellis level-classic December 20, 2007

Congratulations, Jeffrey, on your expertly done, First Place win! Had to laugh at the color mixing dilemma. #5235128

Colleen Farrell December 20, 2007

Terrific work! Very creative idea. Thanks also for sharing your technique. And congratulations on your First Place Win--WTG! #5235400

Jeffrey Levy December 20, 2007

Thanks, everyone! This is my first first-place finish, so I really appreciate all your messages. :) #5235402

Elida Gutierrez December 20, 2007

A humble Trophy for The Winners #5235418

Lynne Morris level-classic December 20, 2007

Loved this one first time round Jeffrey, delighted to see it with a worth gold badge, huge congratulations! #5235797

RC Fritz December 20, 2007

This image is absolutely fantastic! Very creative, Jeffrey! Congratulations! #5236191

Stanley C. Sims December 20, 2007

Congratulations on this very creative image Jeffrey. Well deserved. #5236267

Amber Kennedy December 20, 2007

What a great imagination you have....image....imagination...hmmm. Great job here, very very interesting a fantasticly set up! #5236981

Ursula I. Abresch December 20, 2007

Congratulations, Jeffrey! Enjoy your sling-pack :) #5237341

Vicki L. Filippin December 22, 2007

Congrats on your win~
:-) #5242554

Jill Flynn December 23, 2007

Awesome work, creativity and vision Jeffrey. Kudos for taking this one right to the First Place Winner's Circle!!! #5246497

December 23, 2007

Congrts Jeff.... Fantastic work here #5247834

December 24, 2007

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! Magnificent creativity!!! Great job! :) #5250903

Bill Houghton December 26, 2007

This is such a beautiful win Jeffrey. You did a great job capturing it. Congratulations. Bill

Check out my personal website:

Bill Houghton Photography #5254051

Carolyn M. DAlessandro January 01, 2008

OUTSTANDING!!! Original! Crisp! and outright beautiful! Congratulations!! and a Thank you for sharing your secrets..a true winner. Happy New Year! #5276299

Luca Diana January 03, 2008

Amazing! Great work! I'm glad creativity paid off for you.

Luca #5288381

Kholloud Al-Muraikhi January 18, 2008

Amazing... love the work #5359527

Susie Peek-Swint November 21, 2008

I'm a big fan of your still-life work Jeffrey ~ very inspiring.. thanks for sharing your set-up with us as I'd love to try this.. better stock up on cheap glassware first ~ haha!
Congrats on a well deserved winner that should have taken the grand prize!! #6783414

Leslie Carson Wolfe level-classic December 31, 2008

Wonderful shot, and I appreciate the sharing of your techniques as well as the results! Great inspiration for Irene's Photo of the Day today! Congratulations to you both!

Leslie #6961679

Sudipta Das July 07, 2014

wow really nice one. congratulation #11080127

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