How To Create Interesting Portraits Using Milk (NSFW)

Israeli portrait photographer Ofir Abe (Facebook) decided recently to take on a challenge and see if he can create interesting fashion shots using only milk and a model. He filmed a BTS video showing his first attempt and shared the final results with us. Check them out (warning, NSFW).

In order to make the milk freeze in the shot Ofir used Elinchrom strobes along with Pocketwizard's HyperSync. He shot it using 24-70 2.8 L at 1/1600, f/11 and ISO 250. For the final levitation shot (below) he combined 9 images in post processing.

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"This shot was made to conquer a challenge and was inspired by the Aurum Light guy which his work i follow online. i just wanted to figure out how he does that kind of photography and i'm glad i got the basic method right, although i'm pretty sure he does it different (and better). While he uses the fast flash duration in the likes of Paul C. Buff's Einsteins, I worked with a mixture of Elinchrom and cheap flashes, all synced through a couple of Pocketwizard's HyperSync to freeze the milk. i only needed two PWs as the optic sensor on the other flashes completed the sync."

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Photography: Ofir Abe
Technical Consultant and Videographer: Ben Saar
Makeup Artist: Ofek Boobookitty
Model: Maya Desnuda

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17 Comments

1/1600s, really? Doing it with hyper sync may work with one specific flash model at a time, but with mixed lights? How?

because the optic sensors on the other flashes react to light. doesn't matter the time. as long as the PW's are programmed to set off one flash at the ideal time, the speed of light catches on.

i hope this answer helped.

Ok. Thanks for the info. It is fascinating to me that they all seem to have the same falloff timing. I always thought it is very different for each and every model ...

it is different. i tested a lot with PW settings to get to a middle a falloff capture.
with pleasure

Mark Richardson's picture

Kudos to Ofir for trying this. I do want to experiment more with liquids.

The finished images are gorgeous.....superb post processing Sir!!!

thanks mate :)

Samten Norbù's picture

I did one last summer only with sun light ( http://www.samten.fr/albums/news/content/lea-01-2/lightbox/ )
But I can't wait to try again with my new priolite that i can sync up to 1/8000s :)

quote :"For the final levitation shot (below) he combined 9 images in post processing."
Hilarious. The artist could have enlisted a CGI specialist instead of bothering with "real" photos.
To me there is a certain limit as to when a final image still belongs to the art of photography. Fusing 9 photos into one single image goes beyond that limit.

Zach Sutton's picture

Sorry to hear that the creative tools that we are capable of using is limiting your career and capabilities based on your own stubbornness.

Cynicism aside - He used clever techniques to create the art he envisioned. Why would you criticize him for that? In my eyes, that is what the essence of art is...finding creative and abstract means to create what you have thought of.

It's called an opinion.

How did you replace the grey background with that brilliant blue?

Hi Edd, while adding layers upon layers i slowly came to realize that for my own sake, she should be separated from the BG. this took much time, but she's cut from the original BG while maintaining original splashes. i used Channels selection for that.

hope this helps :)

Milk... I had read milf. How disappointed...

Steven Parsons's picture

Check out this guy's work too... amazing! http://aurumlight.com/