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ab·stract [adj. ab-strakt, ab-strakt; n. ab-strakt; Theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science. difficult to understand.
a. Of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors,generalized or geometrical forms, etc.,especially with reference to the irrelationship to one another.
b.pertaining to the non representational art styles of the 20th century.
Taken using the 50mm f/1.8 with two YN-560 flashes triggered with Cactus V5 wireless triggers.
Making this look like fire was pretty much a happy accident, the process was not accidental but the result was, confused? I’ll explain…first here’s the actual shot:
This is simply blue food coloring dropped into a glass vase that I had swirled with a mixing spoon, I then flipped the image and cropped out the edges of the vase. Changing the orientation from what we know as “normal” is one good way to create abstraction in an image, another is to get in closer than we are used to.
The way it became “fire” was a simple curves adjustment layer set to “negative.” I had always planned on trying a negative version just to see what it would look like but I had honestly thought I would be playing with the hue/saturation sliders more, and I ended up hardly touching them at all. When this gold on black hit the screen I knew right away I had gotten the image I wanted.
I tried many colors and combinations, but only a few turned out decent enough to show.
My second set up:
I had a great time playing with water and coloring and I’m sure I’ll be shooting these some more as the options are limitless and addicting.
That’s it for now I’ll have part two of the ‘Studio Lighting Photowalk’ up next.