Ruth Carll's picture

Rising from the Deep

I have been working with fluids for a while now and am always trying to improve my technique. Most fluid photographers prefer heavy fluids but I like the ephemeral, water-based inks. They have an ethereal quality that appeals to me even though the outcome can sometimes be soft.

This image brings to mind some strnage creature coming to the surface and the ink droplets on the surface remind me of lily pads.

These are done in my 'studio' aka my kitchen. I have a fish tank set up with a series of lights. The inks are water based and therefore I mix them with some cream to make them opaque and have some staying power. The set up of prepping the thickened water, inks and lighting take far longer than the shots!

15mm · f/10 · 1/250 · ISO 400
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couldn't you mix the two for a whole different effect?

I love the way that this image asks questions of the viewer. The subtle addition of magenta adds an unexpected and additional dimension.

Thanks Alan!

I particularly like this one. There is something about it that begs you to look twice. I appreciate your feedback too.