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iN PHOTOS: Kamloops photographer brings colour to dreary winter days

Kamloops photographer Lorie Cook creates artistic photos using a liquid mixture.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

A landscape photographer in Kamloops is doing something different with his camera these days. Lorie Cook is making artistic photos using food colouring and water drops.

“It can get dreary at this time of year so I came up with something creative to do,” Cook said. “Right now I’m enjoying it, it’s a great way to get me out of the winter blues.”

Last month, he started taking close up shots using a 100 mm macro lens that can focus five inches away from a subject. He’s focusing on water drops he makes using a variety of ingredients.

“For the liquid I’m using, I’m mixing up xanthan gum, it’s for baking and it gives a texture and makes stuff a little more dense,” he said. “I add a bit of half and half cream and some water, then put food colouring in it. If it’s just water the photos are clear and blah.”

The liquid used in this photo of water drops has xanthan gum in it to give it texture.
The liquid used in this photo of water drops has xanthan gum in it to give it texture.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

He adjusts the contrast and exposure and adds a little bit more colour to the photos for a bit of extra enhancement.

For a couple of his photos, Cook injected water with a syringe filled with craft paint and for a few others he photographed two water droplets colliding.

“I’m just really having fun and learning about my new lens, I’m not sure what creative ideas I’ll come up with next.”

This bright photo shows craft paint dispersing in water.
This bright photo shows craft paint dispersing in water.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

Coloured water is shown up close swishing out of a glass.
Coloured water is shown up close swishing out of a glass.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

Kamloops photographer Lorie Cook takes close up photos of coloured water drops.
Kamloops photographer Lorie Cook takes close up photos of coloured water drops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

Two water drops have collided in this artistic close up photo.
Two water drops have collided in this artistic close up photo.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

Purple liquid drops are seen up close.
Purple liquid drops are seen up close.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

This photo shows water drops colliding.
This photo shows water drops colliding.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

Lights, liquid and colour are captured in this artistic photo.
Lights, liquid and colour are captured in this artistic photo.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lorie Cook

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