When I saw successful water-on-a-CD photographs in the Shutterbug eNewsletter I decided to do the ethical thing and completely steal the idea. My ‘results’ must be karma. It should be out of my system, though. For now, anyway. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Royal Tenenbaum: “I’ve always been considered an a*****e for about as long as I can remember. That’s just my style. But I’d really feel blue if I didn’t think you were going to forgive me.”
Henry Sherman: “I don’t think you’re an a*****e, Royal. I just think you’re kind of a son-of-a-b***h.”
Royal Tenenbaum: “Well, I really appreciate that.”
– Gene Hackman & Danny Glover – The Royal Tenenbaums
About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified
That’s gorgeous. I never would have guessed what it was.
Kind of cool, right? I thought the same thing when I saw this in the ‘try-it’ section of the eNewsletter I subscribe too… the range of looks this process produces is really incredible!
Electric perfection, I love it! :b
Thanks so much, B.P.!
I really do like vivid color like this… I’m not really sure why I don’t try things like this more often!
Oh you should SIG! this makes me think of a ‘Tron’ version of Horseshoe crabs…the colours (sorry I’m English) are amazing! 🙂 Thank you also for the kind words on my blog, you always make me smile SIG *-*
I’ve always thought it a very elegant looking ‘u’, B.P.!
My pleasure! You do great work, and I’m always happy to check it out!
WHAT!????? WHAT tomfoolery is THIS SIR!?? Like vivid color??? YOU!? Lies! SUCH LIES!!! 😀
just go with it!
Just pretend like I’ve not lied through my teeth here, okay?
wow – fabulous colours SIG. And you’re quoting from a great movie today too.
There is such a wide range of colors this technique produces, N.M… and right out of the camera, too! It’s wild!
Another one of my favorites! I just watched it again the other day and decided I needed to come up with a way to work this quote in (now for those 50 or so others…)!
HA HAHA! Oh my, you made me laugh then the quote made me laugh and the picture is a treat and now I’ve got that giggly bubbly feeling in my tummy. . . 😀
And I need to see that movie!
I’m so happy to hear that, S.E.! That is wonderful! I’ve been looking for a good excuse to use that quote for quite some time now… I was happy to finally work it into a post… makes me laugh every time!
If you like Wes Anderson movies I know you’d like it, S.E. I like pretty much everything he’s made, but it’s probably tied with ‘The Life Aquatic’ for the one I’ve seen the most. CAN’T wait until his next one, Moonrise Kingdom, comes out!
Lovely and how fantasic! The buble is swimming as if it lives.
The bubble reminded me of some kind of sea-creature, too, sir!
I was wondering if anyone else would think that!
Didn’t we already do a Royal Tenenbaums quote and didn’t I already tell you how awful that movie is.
you know I’m not going to be done with them until I’ve recited the whole movie.
And I won’t be done complaining until you do.
Someones got to keep you on your toes, Bearman!
Gorgeous! So “other-worldy” looking!
Many thanks, M.P.!
It kind of is, isn’t it? Reminded me of some strange kind of deep-sea life for some reason…
Yes! That works, too! 🙂
Glad it didn’t sound too ‘out there’!
For a moment I thought it might!
Yes and so brilliantly recreated with your own
wicked style, I really like this one SIG, well done 🙂
Have a fine Thursday SIG 🙂
Many thanks, A.G.! The article was basically a ‘how-to’ kind of thing, but I wanted to be sure and give proper credit, too!
Thank you so much, sir! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday as well!
Oh my gosh, SIG. This is gorgeous!! So very cool! And the shot is ‘simply’ drops of water on a CD? Amazing. Really. Just amazing. Props to you for ‘stealing’. It’s the best form of flattery, eh? By the way, I keep meaning to try the flower on the window thing you did. So, forgive me in advance, as I may be cheating and/or copying you in the future. 🙂
It is indeed! Pretty wild effects, huh?
Hahaha… yeah, to be honest, it was one of those ‘try this’ kind of articles, but I rarely post something I haven’t dreamed up here, so I wanted everyone to know it wasn’t originally my idea.
Oh, please do, Ms. D! I’d love to see your version(s) of this! It’s a bit tricky as the difference in levels of light are so extreme, but a lot of fun, too! And with simple materials! Not only that, but the range of different looks / effects you can produce with this is incredible!
What a drip
Reminds me of when I was a kid and we did that whole ‘I’m like water, you are like glue’ bit…
that doesn’t sound quite right…
Fantastic colors (… I’m learning to type American) and patterns. Those droplets look like rare and precious metals 😉 Very nice work Bob and nicked like a true professional photographer!
Loved the quotes too. Gene Hackman seems to put in his best performances alongside African-American leads. Crimson Tide with Denzil Washington and Enemy of the State with Wil Smith are two of my favorites 🙂
Hahaha… brilliant work, Martin! You are a natural!
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I haven’t seen ‘Enemy of the State’ yet… I’ve heard very good things, though! And it’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen ‘Crimson Tide’, too… I seem to remember liking it, though… I might have to give it another look, too!
I highly recommend Enemy of the State – Good acting all round. Good storyline with several plot twists and… you get a bonus feature – Regina King in skimpy black underwear 😉 It’s also got Jack Black demonstrating that he can act and apply his off-message approach to a serious film.
Actually, given the film’s subject matter, I’m surprised it hasn’t been banned as un-American! It will have you wondering whether your tax Dollars are being spent in a manner you’re comfortable with.
Sounds very interesting, Martin! I might just give it a try! I mean… only for the serious performances you’ve mentioned, of course! 😉
To tell you the truth I’m pretty sure the vast majority of those tax dollars are being abused… I try not to think about it too much, though… bad for the blood pressure, you know!
Yepp – bad for the blood pressure – no different over here!
If you want a UK Police laugh, check out Hot Fuzz 🙂
Believe it or not that one I have seen!
It’s been a while, though! I’ll definitely add it to the re-watch list!
The Royal Tennenbaums is such an underrated movie. It’s almost a cult classic. Love that quote.
Your photo makes me think of a crystal ball. Make a wish, SIG!
I think so, too, Ms. C! I love all Wes Anderson’s movies! Can’t wait for the new one to come out!
Maybe I should wish not to drop the ball?! Or for no one to notice if I do? Or to be able to make a clean get-away at least!
Wow. Would never have guessed the subject. It’s just gorgeous SIG. Reminds me of jewels skipping across a clear blue pond.
Dug the Tenenbaums quote as well.
Your photography always reminds of my inability to draw anything other than unrecognizable stick figures. Thank goodness you’re there to put some beauty into my mind, on even overcast days such as these.
What’s really cool is that changing the angle / amount of light bouncing off the CD changes the look of things entirely… it’s kind of fun! If you’re faster than me, anyway… and the water doesn’t keep evaporating on you.
Thank you SO much, Ms. B! Although I suspect you can draw up a storm!
Have a wonderful weekend Mr. SIG 🙂
Thank you very, very much, Ms. B!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!
STOP! THIEF! 😉
Watch out, Martin . . . or instant Karma’s gonna getcha!
BUT . . . it’s probably worth it.
That is ONE GORGEOUS PHOTO! 😀
Great quote too!
LoL Nancy, Bob is the closest to instant Karma I’ve got 😉 Good stuff isn’t it 🙂
Oops . . . brain slippage.
I meant to say, “Watch out, Bob” not “Watch out, Martin.” 😀
Don’t mention it, Nancy!
Happens to me all the time!
(and Martin’s such a talented photographer… no way to get upset about that)!
No matter how fast I run it always seems to be at least a half a step faster!
Thanks so much, Nancy! Very happy to hear you liked this!
I want a necklace made out of those beads. And matching earrings, too. But no bracelets – never wear them. Thanks.
Hahaha… ‘dang it, boys…
what are we gonna’ do with all these bracelets?!’
That turned out really nice! It looks more like the drops are floating in space.
I’m going to have to try that one.
Many thanks, sir!
I think you’d have fun with it…
it’s especially nice in that the materials are so common / readily available and cheap, too!
I’m glad you did the “ethical” thing. LOL Hey, we have to try, don’t we?
indeed, Patti! I do what I can, you know!
oh wow, how cool is this!!
that bubble looks like it is about to take off into space.
what an incredible click.
thanks for sharing. 🙂
Bubbles… IN OUTER SPACE! *insert futuristic theme music here*
Thanks much, P&K! I sure appreciate that!
Have a wonderful weekend! 😀 The water drops are brilliant!
Many thanks, Cristina! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!!!
Perfect little water bubbles, Bob!
Hey, shouldn’t you be taking Annabelle on another vacation soon….that one for your behalf Annabelle. 🙂
Okay, now that you could be mad at me, Bob. I’ll tell you again, “those are perfect water bubbles!”
bubble! We were talking about bubbles, right?!
OMG, that is spectacular! I might be stealing it from you now! 🙂
I’d love to see that, J.G.!
It’s kind of fun…
cheap / available materials, too…
and I know your results would be wonderful!
What do you mean–”‘results'”?! This is gorgeous. It’s funny you say you like vivid colors like this, though, because I thought it looked specifically un-you when I saw it. I guess it’s like me saying that I only like black and grey and then wearing red patent leather shoes every day.
Hahaha… thank you, U.M… and very good call! What I should have said is I often like the color I see in other people’s work… and sometimes should try convince myself to use some every now and then, too. Definitely a change from my general palate of B/W, sepia and neutrals, though!
This one is excellent. I would love to see a collage of these with different light exposures. Awesome.
That does sound like fun, Red…
I might try to do a few more in the future.
It’s a nice project in that it’s relatively cheap and easy… everything I need is here and ready to go (which definitely comes in handy, sometimes)!
Inky…tis ok…you were inspired, that’s not stealing. 😀
I love the jewel effect…very lovely!
It probably wasn’t quite as bad as it sounded… it was one of those ‘try this’ kind of articles… still… wanted to be sure to give proper credit where it was due! As I need to here! Thank you, Mary! So very kind of you to say that!
Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy phantasmagoria here SiG! Fantastic!
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I’ve never seen H.G.T.T.G… I’ve heard very good things though, Ms. K! I’ll definitely have to check it out (especially now that I know it’s post related, you know… research)!
Your stunning droplets simply brought to mind the good old-fashioned notion of space tripping, from what research has led me to believe!
They do look a bit space-infused, don’t they, Ms. K?!
T minus one second to…
Have a great start to your weekend SIG
and don’t be doing anything that I might
do either 😉 Be ghoulish now 🙂
Big weekend plans as always around here…
places to not go… (as there are always a few too many projects to work on, you know)!
Thanks much, A.G.!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!
I think just doing your own thing makes for an excellent weekend SIG so do enjoy yourselves, yes the both of you 🙂
Be very well my good friend…
Purty cool, Inky!! How’d you set up the shot?? Very crisp macro!
Ridiculously simple set-up on this one!
Basically threw a CD on my kitchen counter in a pool of light (propped up slightly with rolled up paper towel to find some reflected reflected colors I liked – my kitchen window is what you see reflected in the droplets). Then I flicked some water off a kitchen strainer onto the CD and shot it all with my 300D (kit lens and a +10 Macro filter). Cropped, sharpened and blurred a whole lot. In other words, nothing nearly as complicated as what you’re used to dealing with, Mr. B!
that’s really pretty cool, Inky! All I do is point and shoot, baby!
You’re not fooling anyone by saying that, Mr. B!!!
Great pic. I love that you continue to expand and do different things.
Thanks so much, sir!
I keep telling myself if I keep trying different things at some point something is bound to work out!
Of course, that was my same strategy for the Mega Millions jackpot and… er… well…
Masterpiece work again my friend 🙂
Many thanks, Jake!
Very kind of you to say, sir!
Gorgeous! Gorgeous! GORGEOUS!!
Aw, thanks, Dishy!
I sincerely appreciate that!
That’s amazing. The colours are so stunningly beautiful. I wouldn’t have guessed it to be a cd
It’s a really fun project, Mr. M!
And you can change the whole ‘field of color’ just by rotating the CD a tiny bit…
Man, I f’n love macro shots. The focus distance really shows off how beautiful that light-catching prism is.
I’d say break out a steel wool and add more scratches (to show up in the bubble as tiny “rays”) but then you’d probably sacrifice that awesome deep blue backdrop..
Definitely a ‘whole new world’ with macro!
Great… now I’ve got that Titanic song in my head (make it stop! make it stop)!
Sounds like a cool idea! So many intersting ways to play with light and shadow with this project!
I love the water on cd photos… I need to retake one… they’re fun to do. I like what you’ve done with yours, it’s not the normal sort … great work… Sir!
I’d love to see one of your water on CD photos, Nigel!
Yeah, one of my favorite things about this project is how easily you can create such a wide range of ‘looks’!
Thank you very much, sir!
Great colors spilledinkguy!
I was really surprised by how dramatically that range of colors shifts by just nudging the CD the tiniest bit!
WOWZA… That about covers it mefinks…
Excellent ! What was the sound track on the CD ? You could a series of images of the CD, turn it into a video and use the CD audio as the sound track. Unless the Cd had visual data, like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit , then the idea is all wet. 🙂
Hey! There’s an idea! Unfortunately this one was a blank…
(I was too chicken I’d mess up a ‘real’ one)
not even any data to model that swimsuit!
very cool – reminds me of ‘Jesus bugs’ that can slip around on the surface of water only yours are beautifully vivid pods. I love it!
Oh! Yeah! Those are cool little buggers, aren’t they?
I tend to have the opposite experience in water…
I’m more the ‘sink like a stone’ type!
Very cool (and I had no idea what this was until you told me!). Is it strange that it also makes me thirsty?
This one took more running around then it should have, so it made me thirsty, too!
It was a bit frustrating, at the time I was milling around, trying to get shots set up, and by the time I was ready to try one I’d notice some of the water had evaporated in the hot sun (leaving a little water-spot behind)!
Happened more than once, I’m afraid!
Very cool (and refreshing…ha ha ;P)
water, water everywhere (and only a CD’s worth to drink)!
Thank you so much, Anne!
I sincerely appreciate that!