Today “Space Bacteria Attack!” or MCT oil floating on water reflects different colors from underneath.


(Straight Out Of Camera)


Nikon D810
Nikon 105mm f/2.8
64 ISO


  • Cropped
  • Exposure, contrast, shadows and blacks raised
  • Highlights and blacks lowered
  • Clarity vibrance and saturation raised
  • Medium contrast tone curve
  • Sharpening raised with masking
  • Lens corrections added



  • Cleaned up any specs and other issues with the cloning brush
  • Did a curves adjustment for the darks and the lights

Final Thoughts

I have wanted to try “oil floating on water” photos for a while. I found some clear coconut MCT oil and thought that would help with the weird yellow color cast I usually see on such shots.

To make the outlines more pronounced I used a bit of dishwasher detergent in the water.

Getting the bubbles and the outline in focus at once proved problematic, I tried to get different focused shots to stack, but the oil refused to stay still long enough to get more then one shot.

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