Posts Tagged ‘ink’

Mesmerizing Macro Photos of Ink Mixing With Oil and Soap

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Visual artist Ruslan Khasanov was cooking a little while back when he noticed some interesting interactions between the oil and soy sauce he was using. The little black beads of soy sauce forming at the bottom of the container inspired him, and so he decided to perform a little visual experiment by substituting the soy sauce for ink, and adding in a little soap for good measure.

Thus was born his series Pacific Light, a series of macro photos, GIFs and a video that show what happens when you mix those three ingredients together. Read more…

Color, Varnish and Passion: A Look Inside an Ink Factory

Here’s a wonderfully soothing look at how the ink that brings many of our photos from digital to physical is made. From yellow, to cyan, to magenta, to black (and many more) you can sit back and relax as Chief Ink Maker Peter Welfare of The Printing Ink Company walks you though the process of taking printing ink from powder to packaging.

We honestly had never given much thought to how ink was made — it’s one of those tertiary aspects of modern photography that gets taken for granted and slips though the cracks — but the craftsmanship demonstrated in the video and the passion that Welfare clearly has for his job is inspiring in its own right.

(via Reddit)

Squeeze Extra Prints Out of Your Inkjet Photo Printer Using a Hair Dryer

Here’s a clever trick for if you ever need to print out a photo but find your inkjet cartridges low (or dried out): bust out your hair dryer. Paul Boutin of The New York Times writes,

If your printer’s ink cartridge runs dry near the end of an important print job, remove the cartridge and run a hair dryer on it for two to three minutes. Then place the cartridge back into the printer and try again while it is still warm.

“The heat from the hair dryer heats the thick ink, and helps it to flow through the tiny nozzles in the cartridge,” says Alex Cox, a software engineer in Seattle. “When the cartridge is almost dead, those nozzles are often nearly clogged with dried ink, so helping the ink to flow will let more ink out of the nozzles.” The hair dryer trick can squeeze a few more pages out of a cartridge after the printer declares it is empty.

The trick only works once or twice per cartridge, but apparently it works pretty well.

(via Lifehacker)

Photograph Otherworldly Environments Using a Fish Tank, Salt Water, and Dyes

If you want to capture photographs or videos of otherworldly environments without using any computer generated imagery, one way is to create miniature worlds in your garage using a fish tank and salt water (a technique that has been used in numerous Hollywood movies). The video above is a tutorial on this trick by filmmaker and visual effects guru Joey Shanks.
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Portraits of Women Blended with Ink Photographs

For his surreal series titled “Beibeees”, artist Alberto Seveso blended photos of women with smoke-like photographs of ink in water. To recreate this kind of look, try shooting smoke or ink against a pure white background and then use the cloudy formations as a layer mask on a portrait.
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Amazing Surfing Photos Shot Using Ink and a LEGO Figurine

Italian photographer Alberto Seveso has a wonderful series of surfing photographs titled “Ink Riders” shot using blue ink, water, and a LEGO figurine. It’s an incredibly creative twist on the popular “ink in water” project.
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Amazing Footage of Chick Embryo Wins Nikon’s Small World in Motion Contest

Anna Franz, a researcher at the the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford, has won Nikon’s first annual Small World in Motion competition with an amazing video that shows the beating heart and blood vessels of a 72-hour-old chick embryo. Franz cut a window into an egg to expose the embryo, and then carefully injected ink into the yolk sac artery in order to visualize the beating heart and the vasculature of the embryo.

(via Nikon Small World via Feature Shoot)