Monthly Archives: November 2014

CYMATICS Science Vs Music

CYMATICS Science by Nigel Stanford:


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click to view the youtube video –  Science Vs Sound

Click the image to view the video or use the following link


The footage really is mind blowing, showcasing, Science and Sound and how they can be manipulated in a way that transcends into art.

I am amazed with how it all works. This fantastic video features lots of scientific experiments with progressively dangerous elements added to the mix. I came across this footage when it was shown by a tutor from the Science department at Salford university. I had made an appointment with Dr Richard Pilkington to discuss ideas on how to collaborate with the Science department on my final major project for my BA Hons Degree in Photography.

The footage which has foundations built around the application of physics, gave me a lot of inspiration for a photographic take on these kind of  experiments.

Below are some screen shots of the video showing how the team experiment with sound, electricity and vibration in a mesmorising way.

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sound field visual representation how vibration and pitch align

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Nigel Stanford video that explains Cymantics through visual representation – science and sound meets art

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Man versus technology cymatics electrical current with sound manipulation

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For more information on this video and a the opportunity to download a HD version please click on the following link for Nigel Stanfords website. —> HERE


I have come to realise that most of the macro photography I undertake, is related to science. I find the subject has a magical appeal to it. Although far removed from fantasy in that it is applied to record in a non-fictitious way, I am still amazed and in awe of its capabilities, not just in technology but in an environmental and biological essence. These feelings bring out my inner child, especially when I see experiments that are visually surreal & challenge my brains ability to process the information straight away,  I find myself cast back to an enchanted mindset of youthful discovery.

One of my very first reasons that I was drawn to photography was from watching the discovery channel with my mother when I was a teenager and seeing a documentary on Bioluminescent Organisms – These creatures from the depths of the ocean had the ability to emit light from their bodies. This I have looked into further when I produced a series of image which focused on their biological systems using a laser technology related to physics.






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Long exposure ND Filter

I had been wanting to take some more long exposure pictures in the daytime and knew that  I would need a stronger neutral density (nd) filter to stop the exposure from being blown out. In the past I had used an 8 stop filter to capture water and this had been good for places where there was not much light however I knew the beach in the sunshine would pose more challenges.

below are 2 of the images I took using a an 8 stop screw on nd filter.



If you have not heard of a neutral density filter or are unsure of their function, these filters can be attached to a lens and allow longer shutter speeds to be used in the daylight.

I found a really interesting article from Digital Photography School which explains how to use a 10 stop neutral density (ND) filter to create a dramatic look to a photograph. —– click for the article here

In 2014 I took a family holiday to Newquay in Cornwall UK and had the opportunity to try out a (screw on type) 10stop neutral density filter when we went to Fistral Beach.


  1. Nikon d90 dslr
  2. 18-55mm lens
  3. Manfrotto Tripod
  4. Remote Release cable
  5. 10 stop neutral density filter (screw type)



The image below shows the waves that were present on that day at Fistral

fistral beach newquay cornwall "long exposure"

f13 – S1/250 – ISO350

I used an app on my mobile phone called ‘ND filter calc’ which allowed me to put in the camera settings I used for the picture above to tell me what I could use with a 10 stop filter

The app calculated that I was able to use the following settings:

  • f16
  • s30 seconds
  • ISO 100

With a few tweaks for the different angles I was able to remove the waves and show a mist which was created by the exposure time and made the waves look creamy.

The challenges I found came with attaching the filter and maintaining a sturdy base for my tripod when positioned in the water as the waves kept making the tripod sink.

Below are some of the images that I managed to get with the 10 stop filter

fistral beach newquay "long exposure" photography

nikon "long exposure" photography tripod

fistral beach newquay "long exposure" photography

What are peoples thoughts on the 10 stop ND filter and is there a recommended brand?


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