I was very certain early on what I wanted to photograph for this assignment. I had a few ideas but the glowing milk bottle was by far my favorite. On Pinterest.com I found some videos links to guys making glow sticks using Mountain Dew & peroxide. Upon further investigation I discovered that these were just a joke. At this point I was already committed to the project idea. So I shifted gears and began to search out commercial glowsticks. Luckily this was just after July 4th, and I found 2 sticks at the store. One was Green and one blue. I then tried to find a way to “stretch” the glowstick substance further. I read that if I mixed peroxide , baking soda, and water with the glowstick it would all illuminate. I did not have any baking soda so I just used peroxide and water mixed with the green stick. After a good shake the green mixed but quickly settled and really was not that bright. I photographed what I could then with my partners instance we added the blue stick. This created a much brighter fluid and to my surprise still remained substantially green. After another good shake of the fluid I placed the jug for a 30 second exposure mixed with a strobe in a Dark Field setup. I was satisfied with the final image but I didn’t feel it matched with my initial ideas.
Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f/4 @ 90mm
f/11, 30 sec, ISO 200