Inspired by a few entries in the CD/Water droplet challenge and particularly my dear friend Donell, who told me to fry a CD… never done that before so I was curious to see how it would go…

Fantastic – literally hours of fun with the patterns, cracks, colours and processing :o)

Sony a350 w/ Sigma 70mm Macro lens – 1/320 sec at f/3.5, ISO 800.

Shelly asked me to describe how this is done – it’s really quite easy. Take an old CD, this was an old CDR with the dark blue surface, drop it in the microwave label side down (along with a cup of water just by the side so you don’t screw your microwave) and give it about 3/4 seconds. Watch the sparks fly and the surface crackle :o)

get the water dropper, a decent light source (window) and a tripod and away you go… literally hours of fun finding cool patterns and trying to get your droplets just right :)

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  • Donell Trostrud
    Donell Trostrudalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome Dean!!! Did you watch the sparks? That was the scary part – not knowing how long to keep it in there. The shot is fantastic – great patterns, colors and clarity!

  • not long – just a couple of seconds :) – I got loads of cool shots – I’m tempted to put them all up.. but they might have to go through a filter process first…

    – Dean Mullin

  • monaiman
    monaimanalmost 5 years ago

    Great idea !! beautiful texture and colours.. love it !!

  • thanks Mona, certainly a bit of fun

    – Dean Mullin

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlalmost 5 years ago

    Cool !
    You fried a CD?? :O :)

  • lol – just an old data backup CDR :)

    – Dean Mullin

  • chloemay
    chloemayalmost 5 years ago

    Wow Awesome image…how cool is that!!!
    must try it one day!

  • definitely got to, loads of fun

    – Dean Mullin

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraalmost 5 years ago

    Look at those colours and crack textures! looks fabulous, very creative photograph ~ I’d love to see more!

  • thanks Alix, yeah – think I might add up another couple of cool ones :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 5 years ago

    How unique…might you consider adding it to All Abstract Art?


  • Thanks Deb for pointing it out :o) – Done :)

    – Dean Mullin

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    AWESOME Dean! How did you get it cracked like that? The colours are amazing and the clarity is perfect! Could you please include a brief description as to how you achieved this along with the technical details and submit it to THE PHOTOGRAPHERS VAULT pleasssssse?! Love this…..I think I may give it a go too if you decide to share your secrets ;)

  • Shelly, shelly :o) ssoooooo much fun – gotta give it a crack lol!

    thanks for pointing out the group, changed the description for you. I’ll pop up the other groovy ones too. look out

    – Dean Mullin

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    Shweeeeeet! I’m gonna play now :D Could you add camera settings, lens, etc. as well?! Then I promise to quit nagging :P

  • Done :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakalmost 5 years ago

    so very cool!!

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