Ok, so this is a DSLR video, not a photo, but I hope you will enjoy it, especially if you are a fan of Noodler's Dragon's Napalm.
This was shot with a Canon 5D Mark ii, with a rented EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. I wanted to keep ISO low, but at f 2.8 it was a real challenge to pull focus on that moving ink drop! I guess you can never have enough light for video Still, I LOVE that lens! For those Canon users who have never tried it, I highly recommend renting / borrowing one if possible to experiment for a day. You could make some really beautiful pen / ink images with this lens, which has a lovely bokeh. For an example, see the lovely shot of the fuyu-gaki ink bottle on the Peninkcillin blog, here:
As far as my video goes, I hope ink purists won't mind that I've added some unusual super powers to the ink for dramatic effect!
...continuing from the original post in the Noodler's Dragon's Napalm ink review thread.....
...I'm glad that the little ink dragon is proving to be amusing and intriguing! As far as how I brought it to life, I'm not opposed to sharing the secrets, but also enjoy that people are trying to figure it out for themselves I can tell you that it is all live action, with no animation or computer graphics. In fairness to both Segel and Cyber6, perhaps I should start with a cryptic response and say that half of Segel's theory is close to being right, and not divulge the secrets right away
I certainly hope that Nathan would enjoy the clip, but I'm not sure. On one hand, from the interviews I've heard, he's comitted to creating inks with very particular qualities and properties, so I hope the fact that I've altered these qualities in attempting to bring Dragon's Napalm to life would not cause offence. I've also heard him advocate for the fountain pen as the very best practical writing instrument, whereas I've tried to build an aura of mystery around the pen and ink in this clip.
On the other hand, speaking from personal experience as a new fountain pen and ink fan, it's the extraordinary that drew me into becoming interested in fountain pens and ink in the first place. It was only after I'd become fascinated by inks with amazing colours and names like Dragon's Napalm that I realized that a fountain pen can also be a practical, reliable and satisfying everyday writing instrument, if that's what you want it to be. The extraordinary colours, amazing names and fantastical label artwork of Noodler's products make me think that Noodler's appreciates that fountain pens and inks can be practical and extraordinary at once, which is part of their unique appeal. I hope I've captured some of this spirit in the video.
Guesses about how the ink dragon came to life are welcome
After three viewings I remain mystified about your special effect techniques deployed in this remarkable video. Would you be willing to share the secret of your magic? How did you get the ink to scramble about without leaving a trail (wax paper remains my only plausible guess)? And how did you get the ink blob to raise its fur and sort of hiss like a cornered cat (it looks like liquid metal lifted with a magnet)? Anyway, I admire your technique, the fit of sound to movement and the crispness of the narrative. Nathan of Noodler's Inks should send you free bottles in the hope that your creativity will continue.
Forget about sharing your secrets... I love a good magic trick....
I just hope Nathan sees this.. (can someone forward him a link.. please) and hires you to make more of these videos for other inks.. I LOVE your creativity and technical knowledge... Is totally AWESOME!!!!!
Thanks for the interesting review. I like this ink for it's almost flourescent brightness, though it is hard to read for long passages.
Noodles Fan, your awesome vid best expresses my feelings about this potent brew... use it with careful intent.
Like its cousin BSB, it bites back!
Edited by NoodlersFan, 19 November 2013 - 05:13.