The "Food Dye in Water" Set Up

BlueEyesJus asked me to do this a while back and I totally forgot (sorry mate :) ), but here it is now for everyone to see. This set up included:

  1. a glass candle holder / vase of sorts from the massive $2 shop up the road from my house.
  2. a liquid dropper (similar to eye dropper but holds more liquid)
  3. stacks of dvds to replace a tripod
  4. 3 colours of food dye, courtesy of my pantry
  5. a spare glass with water in it, to rinse out the dropper after each colour
  6. my trusty Canon 50D, standard 18 – 55 lens and macro filter
  7. my tv / monitor, with a blank microsoft word document open for a bright white background

The glass candle holder / vase was filled to about 5cm from the top with water. I then had the camera set to high speed continuous, and as I dropped the food dye in with one hand, I pressed the shutter button the other, and let the camera and water / dye do the rest. I took about 50 shots per dye injection.

This was a cheap and relatively basic way to create the images I did. The vase cost me $3.00, the dye would have cost $2 each, if I had to buy them. We all have computer monitors and most would have enough dvds to create a stack!

Give it a go guys!! I admit it’s a tedious process, frustrating as hell to get focus and timing right, and annoying when it doesn’t work, but it’s really great to even get a few shots that come out. I took hundreds to get the few that I have, but the rewards far outweigh the annoyances in the end :)

Below are a few shots of the set up…

And the results:

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