Milk, Food Colouring & Soap – A Photography Experiment

I saw online a really cool experiment which children can do.

Simply, take some full fat milk, add some food colouring drops, a little drop of washing up liquid/soap and then you will see the colours all move!

In theory, really simple to do, however it wasn’t as successful as I was hoping for. I did try first with semi-skimmed milk (half fat) and the colouring simple would start to move the moment it dropped on the surface. Then I purchased some full fat milk…with some VERY interesting results.

I tried adding the food colouring to the full fat, and some worked well and set on the surface, and some them started to move around. I then realised that maybe the colouring had something in the ingredients. On a closer inspection I was right, oil was added to some of the colouring and that is what was setting off the colouring too soon.

With that being said, I still tried to make the best out of a bad situation. Below are some photos I have taken with my NEW Sony QX1 camera with a 30mm Macro Lens.

Hope you like them, and I will defiantly give this another go in the near future!





Removing Reflections from Glass


Really great tutorial! Will come very useful for me that’s for sure!

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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!