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07/31/2008 04:02:45 PM · #1
Hello dpchallengers!
I'm making a poster and I want to photograph a glass of water, a full glass of water. But upside down. It's like the edges of the glass (Glass top side) is on the floor however the water inside is not running on the floor and the glass is holding it.

I'm shooting two photographs, seperately with the same angle
1- empty glass upside down.
2- full glass normal shot.

and i'm trying to put them togther. however the water shadow/effect in the second shot is not matched/seem normal when pasted in the empty glass.

I tried figuring out if i could put the glass upside down in a huger bowl. Then make the water in the glass come higher so i shoot the water edge at the bottom. No lock!

Any suggestions? :(
07/31/2008 04:33:01 PM · #2
What kind of floor? If you can get a piece of flooring (tile, hardwood, etc) then you could place that on top of the glass and shoot right side up.
07/31/2008 04:42:21 PM · #3
Originally posted by KarenNfld:

What kind of floor? If you can get a piece of flooring (tile, hardwood, etc) then you could place that on top of the glass and shoot right side up.


That was exactly what I thought XD
I know someone on here is pretty good at using a special type of gel that looks like liquid but you can turn them upside down without it running. Try looking through the recent challenges - I think there was a shot in one of those with it...

Edit: okay, I can't find it but I'm absolutely sure I read about how he made it just yesterday or something! Anyone who could help refresh my memory? Hmm, it might just have been when I looked through the challenge archieves then... I'll try to dig some more.

Message edited by author 2008-07-31 16:46:39.
07/31/2008 05:13:40 PM · #4
Found it!!! Yay - that only took like half an hour or so... But it's right here ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/777/120/617516.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/777/120/617516.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' and he wrote how he made it in the description :)
08/01/2008 05:49:16 AM · #5
Thanks guys,

The problem with putting a tile on top of the glass, and shooting it upside down is you have to add water later on.
and after that you won't get the same water edges!!
What i really want to do is:
Graphic view

Maybe this is very simple shot and i'm not seeing a solution!!! :(

Any ideas?
08/01/2008 05:52:38 AM · #6
Originally posted by sainaz:

Thanks guys,

The problem with putting a tile on top of the glass, and shooting it upside down is you have to add water later on.
and after that you won't get the same water edges!!
What i really want to do is:
Graphic view

Maybe this is very simple shot and i'm not seeing a solution!!! :(

Any ideas?
Try setting gelatine and water to create a clear jelly and tape a cellophane around the rim so it doesn't leak when you set it.
08/01/2008 07:18:11 AM · #7
This sounds ridiculous... but just turn the glass of water upside down.
Fill the glass with water, cover the surface with whatever you want (index cards, thin pieces of plastic.... anything so long as it is big enough to completely cover the top of the glass. A transparency (overhead film projector sheet) would likely work well and be unobtrusive to leave on "top" of the cup should you be shooting on a bumpy surface). Swiftly turn the glass upside down while holding your "lid" over the top, and slowly remove the hand that is supporting the "lid" once the glass has been completely inverted. Carefully set it wherever you want to take the photo (MUST BE SMOOTH!). Once there, you can remove the "lid" quickly and the water will stay in the glass for you to get your picture. Do this in an area that can get wet... you'll likely not get it the first time and it can be even more difficult to get your "lid" back under afterwards, so you may have to just pick up the glass. If you doubt me, this video should rid you of any and all doubts. Hurrah for elementary school science!
**Edited to add video**

Message edited by author 2008-08-01 07:41:55.
08/01/2008 07:55:00 AM · #8
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08/01/2008 05:58:13 PM · #9
I would try some good quality plastic wrap on the glass, if you are careful with the edge it should be no problem to clone it out.
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