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Creativity with oil and water

There are lots of ways to be creative at home. Here is one project that can be done with a pan of water and a teaspoon of oil.

E-M1X • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 • 13 mm • 1/60 s • F4 • ISO2000

Setting up, step by step

  • Place a clean glass dish on two tin cans.
  • Add some water to the dish – we find it's best if the water is room temperature or colder.
  • Add a teaspoon of cooking oil (it doesn't seem to matter which kind, we have tried sunflower, walnut, coconut, olive oil and avocado oil).
  • Stir gently with a plastic or wooden utensil to get more bubbles.

E-M1X • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 • 17 mm • 1/200 s • F5 • ISO2000

  • We use our M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 lens, usually choosing F2.8 to F4 for the aperture. Try to get your camera as parallel to the glass dish as possible. A tripod with an articulating arm can make this easier, but it can be done handheld.

E-M1X • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 • 12 mm • 1/20 s • F4 • ISO2000

  • For lighting, you can use a cheap desk light or a flashlight.
  • For additional creativity, can use a coloured flashlight (or place a gel on your flashlight with a rubber band or gaffer tape). You can also place scrapbook pages underneath the glass as another way to get coloured bubbles.

E-M1X • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 • 27 mm • 1/500 s • F4 • ISO2000

Here are some examples of what you can capture with this activity!

OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro • 60 mm • 1/50 s • F4 • ISO6400

OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro • 60 mm • 1/200 s • F2.8 • ISO6400

OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro • 60 mm • 1/500 s • F4 • ISO6400

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