Tim Tadder: Advertising Photographer

6 10 2012

Now, I like a good photo, me. I don’t dismiss the artistry in digital manipulation, I just view it as a different thing. Like painting is to drawing. Both good, valid, but not the same.

I came across this series via Illusion.

Tim Tadder uses high speed photography to get amazing effects of “water wigs”. Check out the whole series at: Tim Tadder: Advertising Photographer. Or a few samples at Illusion

The Watered Mohawk

Ever been affected by a girl?

22 04 2012

The world could use a good kick in the pants

Well if I can do it, ANYONE can…

18 03 2012

OK, so I don’t claim these are actually that good at all, but I proved to myself that I could, in principle, capture the image of an ink drop in water.

Should I ever want to do it “properly”, I learned enough things this afternoon to do it w-a-a-a-y better next time. Allow me to share, and save you some time…

I took the Red Bubble set up as pretty much the starting place. A couple of things I learned though…

1) Don’t have the water container too close to the monitor… a round container acts like a lens, and you can actually see the pixel grid on the monitor, get interference patterns, etc. Probably better to get a more even light source. Outside on a sunny day? at least have the container sufficiently far infront of the monitor that the light is diffuse.

2) You might even be better with a flat-sided glass container. Perhaps an IKEA vase. This avoids the curved lens effect.

3) Use distilled water, or boiled water, and a very clean glass container. Otherwise you get little bubbles stuck to the insides, and the AF can lock onto them. (I wiped them off with a clean cloth.)

4) (Thanks to Bijou for this tip.) Focus is a pig, due to the moving ink. In the end, I used a fork in the middle of the container to give something nice for the AF to lock onto in roughly the place the ink would be, then switched to Manual to stop the camera hunting around.

5) I actually used food colouring – it seems to spread better than writing ink… and comes in a better range of colours.

6) Finally, I used the software “remote control” tool for my Canon, and set the ISO speed high, to allow the shutter speed/multi-shot to be pretty rapid whilst keeping the DoF as long as possible, by mucking with the light sources.

Above all… have some fun. If they don’t come out that good, so what? If you enjoyed the attempt, and didn’t spill water in either your fancy DSLR or your keyboard, who cares?

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“How To Photograph Ink Drops In Water (and a Mini Challenge)” by RedBubble | RedBubble

18 03 2012

If like me, Alberto Seveso’s photos left you a little stunned at their beauty, here’s a site with a few ideas of how to have a crack at it yourself: “How To Photograph Ink Drops In Water (and a Mini Challenge)” by RedBubble | RedBubble.

Australian Mining

15 01 2012

The Australian economy depends to a large extent on its mining industry and its rich resources. There are those however who take issue with the bloody great holes that get dug to make that a reality, and the massive amount of water that is needed, in a land where it’s scarce.

This is a funny counter-ad, but with a serious message.

Check out the rest of the videos at This is the Real Story.