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Canon EOS Photo5 Entry 1: “Ink Mole”

October 18th, 2010 by Raj

What is Canon EOS Photo5?
EOS Photo5 is Canon’s annual creative photography competition that begins with a brown box. Inside there are 5 separate photographic briefs to challenge photographers. Visit the Photo5 website here: http://canon.com.au/worldofeos/photo5/

Brief 1: Eye Dropper
This brief is asking you to use your lens to look closer. Use the eye dropper to place drops of liquid in any arrangement you want. You can use a single drop, or as many drops as you like. And you’re not limited to just water – feel free to use liquids of different colours and consistencies, such as milk or tomato soup.

My Entry
Originally when I read the brief I’d envisioned these glorious shots of colours reflecting in droplets of water on a reflected surface like a mirror or draping from a blade of grass but alas my little kit lens didn’t quite seem to be up the ‘macro’ focusing fantasies I’d concocted. Instead I chose to think of more unusual or creative ways to depict a drop of liquid and what imagery I could create using the drop as a part of it. I’m not particularly sure how or when but at some point I had the brainwave of creating a mole on someone’s face ala Marilyn Monroe or Cindy Crawford, using their iconic imagery as a basis for the shot.

The biggest problem I had was trying to figure out a liquid that was black enough and thick enough to stay in one spot on a friend’s face. Originally I’d planned on using an oil based black paint but it didn’t have the same reflective properties a drop of water did and water based paints were too watery, the liquid too see-through. Eventually I ended up using old school black ink mixed with cornflower (thank you year seven science) to create the perfect drop that was both shinny and robust consistency.

I enlisted the help of a very understanding friend to model for me who had beautiful milky white skin that showed off the “ink mole” perfectly. Her face was lit by a soft box and lamp and a borrowed to soften the shot and add a warm angelic glow. I’m extremely happy with how it turned out and whilst it’s not a “macro” shot in the sense I think I’ve done pretty well in creating the shot with the tools available.

Equipment used & settings
Canon 7D with 18-55mm lens, soft filter
ISO 200, 50mm, 1/250, f22
Bowens Gemini 500 with Soft Box attachment
White cardboard reflector
Black ink mixed with “Black & Gold” cornflower

Thanks to
Caitlin, my model, for being extremely patient and willing to have ink on her face.
The dude at Deans Art in Melbourne for walking me through every “black liquid” they had for sale.

View the other entries

“Ink Mole”

“Bubble Gum Hair”

“A Tree of Smoke”

“Confetti Explosion”

“Beware of falling lemons”
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