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Blue Impact

My first attempt at glass photography, with some blue liquid thrown in just for fun.


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For the glass, I used the basic "Light Field" Technique that can be found in the amazing photography book "Light Science and Magic". The idea is to basically create a bright white glass image while emphasizing the dark edges for a nice contrasty photo. To begin with, I simply placed a normal white sheet of photo paper behind the glass and used a flash to light it up from below. Next, to get the dark edges, I used a much larger piece of black poster board right behind white paper. I then used my canon 40d with 70-200mm f/4 on tripod to frame the photo so the entire white piece of paper filled the frame, but the black poster board was not in the frame at all. The white sheet creates the light background, while the black is reflected in the edges of the glass to create the dark silhouette. Very simple technique, and after this first attempt I can verify that it definitely works!


Once the glass was setup as described, I simply grabbed a bottle of Pink Lemonade, poured it into the glass from above, and used a shutter release to time the shot. It just so happens that this was the first shot I took with this technique. Sometimes you just get lucky =D


Materials Used:

1) 25 cent Wine Glass I got at a garage sale

2) Standard white sheet of matte photo paper

3) Black poster board

4) Canon 580ex II

5) Cybersync Flash Triggers

6) Canon 40D

7) 70-200mm F/4 IS

8) Tripod

9) Shutter release (to time better time the shot while I drop the liquid in)

10) Pink Lemonade

11) Photoshop (to turn that pink lemonade blue ; )


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Taken on October 23, 2008