Oil & Water | Macro Photography

So, recently I have been very unwell.

On Saturday I got up out of bed, and said I need to be creative. No more lazing around feeling sorry for myself.

I had a thought about doing some more macro photography, and how I can really make some cool water shots. Then I saw an oily dish left in the sink and then it hit me, “Oil & Water”.

So, I found a glass in a cabinet and filled three quarters with water. After I took some olive oil and then attempted to put just a few drops. I then realised that getting the right mixture of water & oil is going to be tricky.

Once I was happy with the mix, I surrounded the glass with some differently coloured materials, and as I was outside the lighting was perfect…no flash needed. A fully charged battery on my Nikon D90, attached my macro specific lens and then my tripod. I did have to place the lens very close to the glass to get the best out of the lens.

A few shots later I wanted to spice things up a little. I added just a few drops of orange food colouring, and the oil surrounded the colouring and formed these circular pockets of colour. Fortunately they all stayed together and enabled me to get some beautiful mixes of colour and water.

The photos were shot in RAW, and some increased contrast and saturation was applied just to make the colours ‘pop’ a little more. Was a great project, and if the weather is good again I will try this…but with my Lytro camera for some really interesting shots. Hope you like them, and you can to see the full album on my Facebook page. I always welcome comments, so please give me your feedback.


Dean :)


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A Vintage Volvo


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I found this lovely old vintage Volvo in an underground carpark.

The colour was really unique and still looked fresh, maybe a recent restoration. It’s amazing how we always look at the newest cars and automotive transportation, yet we still have a great desire to keep old vehicles alive.

Who knows, maybe one day more vintage cars will be on our streets.

Slow Motion Water Experiment 2


The second of my slow motion experiments, inspired by The Slow Mo Guys I used a glass of water, some food colouring, and my Samsung Galaxy Camera’s Slow Motion video feature and a Go Pro Hero 2 Black Edition both set to 100 Frames/Second.

I wanted to try and capture the calming movement of water, especially when it is in combined with beautiful colours. I think you will agree, it looks beautiful when slowed down.

Also made me wonder, are things we do in life slowly more enjoyable? With us living this fast paced life we never really get to stop and enjoy things anymore. Always quickly and forgotten.

Hope you like it! Feedback always welcome!


The Small Planets – A Lytro Photography Project

A small experiment of mine, using some old marbles, an iPhone 4 LED Light, and my Lytro camera.

As I was looking up at the sky the other day, I wondered why stars and planets sometimes look so bright in the night sky.

After doing a few days research and some clearing out in my bedroom, I realised that marbles would be a great alternative to create macro close up small planets.

I then found the darkest room in my house, closed the door and then created my tiny solar system of marbles. Set up my Lytro camera and tripod.

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Lytro Camera Small Planets – Dean Kennedy Photography

At first, I was not too sure how the use of a iPhone 4’s LED light would illuminate the marbles, but it turned out to be the best way to and the most effective way of using a small portable lighting source.
The Lytro camera just seemed to work perfectly with what I wanted to achieve, for Macro photography it maybe the ultimate camera to use. I hope you enjoy looking and interacting with the photos, and again as always your feedback is ALWAYS welcome!
Dean :)

The day my photography efforts paid off

04 September 2013,

This is the day I had found out I won ‘The Telegraph – Big Picture‘ photography competition.

There are not many times so far in my life where I have felt absolute happiness, but this day certainly was one. I sent my photo in on a whim that maybe; just maybe I would get some recognition of the hard work I put in…and then it happened!

The lovely email I received from Soo from The Telegraph was so lovely, and the smile from my face would have lighten up anyones day! The email said, “Congratulations, you are this week’s winner. Your photograph will appear online later today and on the back page of Telegraph Travel on Saturday”. I was still in shock (and still am to some extent), but to see MY photo in a national newspaper in print is and forever will be one of my greatest achievements.



I’m sorry…

I’ve been neglecting my blog, and for this I am sorry.

I realised with the time I have had to think, that I really should be using this more than I am. 

If not just to vent what I see and hear in photography, but for all of you wonderful people who took the time to comment and read my previous posts.

A few things have changed in my life (mentally draining things) but rest assured now I am back and better than before!

I thank you all for sticking with me, and I hope the future for us all will be something better than it currently is.

Weekly updates will be a minimum from now on, but I will try and post more often as and when I can.

Thank you,