- This looks like a goofy cartoon elephant
Bubble Gum Pink
52 Weeks 2011 - Week 15 - Theme: Purple or Pink
I was running out of time and ideas to cover a theme for this week. I had about 20 minutes before we had to leave and I didn't want to miss this week. I grabbed a rectangular clear glass vase filled with water, put a white paper on the wall about 18-20" behind the vase. Set SB-600 @ 1/16th power on the background. Set SB-800 @ 1/128th power with a tiny Lumiquest softbox on camera left (lower flash power gives you richer colors). Mixed some paint with water and filled a small syringe without needle. Squirted some paint into the water and hit the shutter. Adjusted curves, levels and saturation in post processing and rotated image 180 degrees.
After each attempt I had to replace water in the vase, I left my camera on manual focus and traced a contour around base of the vase on a piece of scrap paper. That way I could set the vase in exact same spot time after time. Vase glass turned out to be somewhat of a low quality and I didn't get paint "clouds" sharp enough.
For some reason this photo has been very popular on tumblr blogs, as of September 12th 2011 it got more than 4500 notes there.
Another update: as of November 25th 2011 it has been shared over 11000 times on tumblr blogs.