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Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 05:21 AM (05:21) by Gurdur
Updated 05-Apr-2011 at 05:43 AM (05:43) by Gurdur

These are just photos from a trial photoshoot I did on Sunday (yesterday, the same day I did the ladybirds photos and observational experiment), so don't expect too much. They were a lot of work, but angles and lighting turned out to be more critical than realised beforehand, since the subject theme is a complex one needing a fair amount of set-up. The idea was to do more photos for an eventual theme page for "Blood Work" (the book by Holly Tucker), in line with the ideas I expressed in an earlier blog post (the "Yes, I really AM reading your book, dammit! :And: Support Write4Red, the Red Cross and book authors!" one). It didn't quite work out, for various reasons, but it was good practice, and gave me new ideas in how to add to the set-up to make it be relating even more of the theme.

Additionally, after "Uncooperative non-vampire ladybugs (ladybirds)", my other blog post, @madlolscientist expressed over Twitter hopes for more gore. The below photos certainly look much more gory than my ladybug photos (though in fact they are less gory in reality).

So enjoy! In one photo you can see iodine on one of my fingers; that was because on Sunday (yesterday), I had also tried a chemical experiment with iodine which didn't work (no questions, no answers, no packdrill!), so I used the iodine to dab my finger in, the finger which had provided the real gore for my Ladybugs post (by me stabbing it with a needle a few times to provide blood drops). This was only a trial photoshoot; it will be even more complex and better when the next one is completed! There are a couple of links below to larger versions of the photos in question. And many thanks to my friend who got press-ganged into helping do the photos!


First, showing off the apparatus!
The glass slide is the one with three (real) blood drops (my blood!) which I used in the ladybirds study; since the wee little things showed zero interest in blood, I figured I would use the slide for this photoshoot too.




Next off, showing off the connections!
If you click on the below photo, or if you click on this link, you get a larger version of the same photo.




Going live! with the spirit-burner flaming away




Finally, showing the apparatus off again, and my iodine-stained sacrficial finger:
You can see a larger version of the picture below by clicking on it or on this link.





And a photo I made of iodine in its solid form:





And for your benefit, I include the song by Leonard Cohen, Iodine
.
This version is not great, but I could not find a better version by Leonard Cohen himself on YouTube. Enjoy anyway! I did find a better cover version by The Reverend John DeLore, which is given below the Leonard Cohen version of Cohen's original.

I needed you, I knew I was in danger
Of losing what I used to think was mine.
.....
Your beauty on my bruise like iodine



And here is a better cover version of the same song by The Reverend John DeLore:





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  1. Old Comment
    Makbawehuh's Avatar
    ....Please tell me that is not all blood.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 06:52 AM (06:52) by Makbawehuh Makbawehuh is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Makbawehuh View Comment
    ....Please tell me that is not all blood.
    *adopts manic Mad Scientist frenzied grin*

    *or if you prefer, adopts manic alien grin*




    (the only real blood is three drops on the glass slide at front)
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 07:25 AM (07:25) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Makbawehuh's Avatar
    *sighs in relief* Good, I do not need to puke up my mini-wheats... That would just be disappointing.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 09:13 AM (09:13) by Makbawehuh Makbawehuh is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Makbawehuh View Comment
    *sighs in relief* Good, I do not need to puke up my mini-wheats... That would just be disappointing.
    Maku! *looks shocked* I never dreamt you were so ........ whateverish on the subject. Since I am very used to IV's and so on, it really doesn't affect me, except for one thing; I have a massive needle phobia, which I needed to repress and hide the whole time I did the photoshoot and arranging.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 09:22 AM (09:22) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Awwwwww maaaaaaaaan, FAKE blood? Cheater! =^..^=
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 12:15 PM (12:15) by The Mad LOLScientist The Mad LOLScientist is offline
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    Originally Posted by The Mad LOLScientist View Comment
    Awwwwww maaaaaaaaan, FAKE blood? Cheater! =^..^=
    I'm sorry. I'm caught in a perilous position between those who like to see entire Colosseums filled with blood, and those who threaten to puke over their mini-wheats. It's getting to be quite a balancing-act on a tightrope over pits filled with crocodiles.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 12:26 PM (12:26) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    I applaud a man who still plays with chemistry sets, regent quality iodine? What on earth do you do with it? Heated flask likely would pump into your arm, hot air.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 12:56 PM (12:56) by iamwombat iamwombat is offline
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    I applaud a man who still plays with chemistry sets, regent quality iodine? What on earth do you do with it? Heated flask likely would pump into your arm, hot air.
    Let's not go there. The iodine was a separate matter. Sssshhhh. . Another day, it will all be revealed. When it bloody works, which it didn't this time.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 01:01 PM (13:01) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Yes, I am faintly squeamish. Needles are a huge phobia, but I also have this thing about blood not being where it's supposed to be... IE, in the body, or on my plate. Blood packs and the like are so horribly, gut wrenchingly -wrong- for me to look at. Seriously, I could never go into the medical profession.

    Granted, if someone got me angry enough it probably would bother me to take them out into the woods, but then, I wouldn't be sitting and looking at the mess, either.

    I can handle killing and butchering my own meat animals. That does not bother me. Why the difference, other than most of the blood I have an aversion to being human, I don't know.

    Oddly, your three drops on the slide did not bother me.

    Don't ask rhyme or reason here, I give up.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 11:15 PM (23:15) by Makbawehuh Makbawehuh is offline
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