Water defies gravity

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    This looks like a simple picture but took me hours to set up. I had thought about combining two seperate images but that seemed like cheating.

    The difficulty is getting liquid to flow from the bottle and look real. What I found was that because the glass (and everything else, except me) is upside down the bottle has to tilt upwards and it is difficult to avoid the water flowing from the bottle without it being obvious that it is upside down.

    In order to control the flow I broke the bottom off of a whisky bottle (empty of course!) and stuck the jagged end into a plastic vitamin tub into which I had inserted some tubing. This was then gaffer taped to a 'stick in a can' (literally a piece of wood inside a can which is filled with cement to provide a flexible support on a solid base) The bottle has to be angled slightly upwards or it will look odd when the image is rotated.

    The glass is supended on invisible thread (see set up pic) although this did not matter in the end and I could have saved at least an hour trying to figure out how to do it!

    I used my DIY still life table which is a sheet of white perspex bent through about 75 degrees and supported on trestles and hooks.

    Black cards either side of the glass manage reflections. Two flashes were used - Youngnuo 460 at 1/2 power behind and Canon 540 at 1/4 power beneath perspex.

    Canon 50D with efs 60mm macro lens at f10. Flashes tripped by radio triggers.

    jonbradbury, andreas_schneider, and 159 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Miles Cave 38 months ago | reply

      Unexpected!! A very elegant setup :)

    2. Mr Deak [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Brilliant. Thanks for the explination. Great light

    3. beebebear [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      stunning!

    4. Shun (busy...) [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Stunning composition!

    5. Steffen & Leni [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Awesome Capture

    6. Gordan Postertime 38 months ago | reply

      Great Shot !!!
      Great Set-up.
      .

    7. Moveli 38 months ago | reply

      amazing!)

    8. Nedieth 38 months ago | reply

      This really made me smile. Thanks for making the effort :)

    9. Sunny photos by Gulfiya 38 months ago | reply

      *----------*I like your Still life!*-----------*
      I have seen this beautiful image in:


      ------Still Life my passion - P1/C2-------
      --------(High quality images only!)-------

      --* Thank you for sharing with us! *--

    10. D@niel& 38 months ago | reply

      *----------*I like your Still life!*-----------*
      Please, post this beautiful image in:


      ------Still Life my passion - P1/C2-------
      --------(High quality images only!)-------

    11. kate053 38 months ago | reply

      Perfect!

      *----------*I like your Still life!*-----------*
      I have seen this beautiful image in:


      ------Still Life my passion - P1/C2-------
      --------(High quality images only!)-------

      --* Thank you for sharing with us! *--

    12. TonivS 37 months ago | reply

      Well done! Great result!

    13. fffa2 37 months ago | reply

      Funny funky idea
      What is the trade made & model of that sexy glass
      I would love to drink instead of remake your wonderful picture
      Thanks for sharing the process
      Skåll !

    14. PHOTO-TIPS-ONLINE 37 months ago | reply

      very clever :) love the gradient

    15. GarethHudson 36 months ago | reply

      Excellent idea and perfect result! Well done.

    16. Jack Duchy 35 months ago | reply

      eyy something is wrong XD!

    17. Jim Purcell 35 months ago | reply

      FANTASTIC photo!

    18. Michel Arel 33 months ago | reply

      Very nice composition!!

    19. fstkkk 16 months ago | reply

      Fabulous picture!

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