Photographer Manipulates Water Splashes to Create Unique Shapes

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Alex Koloskov is a studio product and advertising photographer. Koloskov started to work as a commercial photographer many years ago, and initially was open to everything from portraiture to architecture, however, he soon realized that he could be successful only where his heart and passion was.

water splash compositeKoloskov is also largely self-taught as he revealed recently in an interview. “I have no photography-related schooling or training at all, everything I know I’ve got form the internet or invented myself. I’ve got my first camera being 13 years old, my first digital in 2004. This is when I started to work with the strobe lights, slowly moving away from landscapes/nature/portraits to a studio environment.”

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Through the years he has found that he is in his element in a quiet studio, a place where he feels exceptionally comfortable working with still life as well as motion subjects. Koloskov likes the challenge of doing technically difficult shots, where he has to engineer the lighting and light modifiers, producing custom solutions for each and every image.

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In this collection, he shows us how he works with one of his favorite type of shots: a blend of liquid and product subjects combined in one composition. Sculpting erratic shape of moving liquid and introducing a still subject to the composition is very thought-provoking in addition to being a challenging task, and the outcome is very original and striking.

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The typical gear Koloskov uses are a Hasselblad H1 camera, a Leaf Aptus 75 back, an HC 120mm macro lens, Broncolor Grafit A4 and Grafit A 2 packs to fire three strobes, a Fresnel lens light modifier and a Matthews Grip, not to mention lots and lots of plastic drop cloths.

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In order to generate the image that Koloskov has in mind, he has to take multiple shots of splashes, pick the exceptional ones, and create a composite final image. After the best splash images are chosen, he brings them into Photoshop and begins masking and editing the splashes creating the final composite image.

See his painstakingly creative work here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.