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Abstract photography with oil pearls: capture the play of colors with the macro lens

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How convenient that oil and water don’t mix. Due to their chemical nature, the two substances don’t like each other at all. Water is polar charged – the individual molecules have a negative and a positive side and thus magically attract each other. Oil, on the other hand, is non-polar and is repelled by the water molecules. In addition, oil has a low density, therefore it is lighter and floats at the top. This is best known from the fat eyes in the soup.

In this workshop, oil droplets are applied to a water surface and then set in scene with colored light and patterns in abstract shapes. So it’s colorful and structured in the pictures. You have a lot of leeway in doing so. You can use only large or small drops, as well as a mixture of different sizes. Combine the whole thing to your heart’s content with different colored backgrounds.

Photograph the scene with a light source or add more to add a touch of three-dimensionality to the flat oil droplets. We couldn’t get enough of trying new color experiments ourselves.

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