The Centre of the Universe?

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Sandra Cockayne posted this lovely creation pretty, pretty, pretty a couple of days ago.

When I commented on it, I mentioned that you could get some cool shots when using a CD wiped with Rain X (a water repellant) and water droplets. Sandra replied back, “Now that’s given me an idea to try something else……..I wonder what petrol will look like on a cd, then petrol and water on cd. Do you fancy a little online challenge Mike?”

So I tried my best and here it is. I must admit a couple of things, however. Firstly, I didn’t use a CD, I used a DVD – a little cheaper, believe it or not. And, secondly, my efforts trying to get the rainbow effect caused by petrol on the drop’s surface were not terribly successful. I think the surface is a little more mirror-like and there does seem to be a little bit of iridescence in the white light on the right side when one views larger, but that “rainbow” just isn’t there in profusion. Still, I tried to meet Sandra’s challenge and had a fair bit of fun doing it.

And Sandra has bestowed upon me the _Royal, Coveted Blue Peter Badge!!!_


Here’s Sandra’s result. Pretty cool if you ask me!

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble


Taken in my “Kitchen Countertop Studio”, with no expense spared.

Backdrop – the faithful ratty black velvet – found
Stand – large, empty pickle jar under said velvet – recycled
Blank DVD, wiped with “RainX” – free sample
Lighting – two LED flashlights (torches) in cupboards above – 20 bucks – on sale at Canadian Tire
Small water droplets – plant sprayer – found in back of cupboard
Large water droplet – tapered glass tube and rubber bulb – “borrowed” from work
Petrol addition – a wooden toothpick – PRICELESS!

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 macro with a Tamron doubler, 140 mm equivalent
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority F13.0, 1.0 second exposure, manual focus

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