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Mike Blacknell January 24, 2016
Superb image jessica
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ElaineCatlingPhotography January 27, 2016
Great work Jessica. Welcome to VB!
 
godsbod January 30, 2016
Loving this, took me a while to suss it out, then I read the title... helps sometimes... bravo
 
Refined-Snapshots February 01, 2016
This is amazing! It's like a water scarf!

I assume you used a water balloon. :)
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Eduardbetz February 01, 2016
Very creative and well captured !
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edrobson February 05, 2016
Very cool.
 
iwalker5 February 14, 2016
Awesome!
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JenniferCejaPhotography August 28, 2017
Even though this photo is not showing a person wearing something black (for the assignment), it still is an awesome, amazing shot!! You are an incredible artist!! You have great lighting, composition, clarity, in this photo. Excellent job!!

Water Play 1



Having fun in the studio with water balloons

Having fun in the studio with water balloons
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the studio using flash lighting and a long water balloon.
Time
Mid afternoon
Lighting
This was taken using two Einstein flashes and a continuous light for a hair light. It was taken in darkness. The light on the left side didn't fire on this shot.
Equipment
This was taken using my Nixon D5100 on a tripod, of course. Camera was set at isolated 100, at f5.6, with the shutter open for 30 seconds to catch the flash lighting when it went off.
Inspiration
This was taken in my commercial photography class during a tutorial on flash lighting stopping motion. We took many sizes and shapes of water balloons, as well as buckets filled with water, and tried to pop them at the same time the flash went off. We also did multiple flash in a single frame shots to show stages of motion. This was the best shot I got out of about 50 or so shots.
Editing
I removed some stray splashes in Photoshop by cloning over them, and using content aware fill. And a very small amount of blemish correction with the spot healing tool. Other than that, it is a natural shot.
In my camera bag
I am still growing to what I would like to have. Right now, I have a Nixon D5100, a 18-55mm lens, a 55-200mm lens, a uv filter, a polarizer filter, a lens hood, and a tripod. In my bag, I always keep a pen and notebook, my cell phone for adding contacts and scheduling, string, clamps, 2 lens cleaning wipes, an extra camera battery, several flash drives, extra memory cards, a gray card, a receipt book, sunglasses, business cards,and a loop. Then I also always have my binder with me that has contracts, print release forms, and modeling release forms.
Feedback
Keep trying!!! Stopping action using flash lighting is a time consuming process. Especially using water. Before you start, set your camera on your tripod aimed at where your subject will be. Set up your lighting and subject and take some test shots to get the right exposure. You will need to have a wireless flash button and all flashes synced to it. You also need to be very careful when dealing with water around your equipment. Here, we laid plastic on the studio floor and the model was sitting on a stool inside a kiddie pool. The lights need to be far enough away from your subject that they don't get wet, so you might need to use them at a higher power setting. You will also need at least 3 or 4 people to do this shot. A model, a photographer, ando a couple of assistants at least. Make sure you have a lot of towels for cleaning up splashes, and clean up water between shots. The main concern is keeping your equipment at a distance so it stays dry, so you will also need a zoom lens. You will also want to keep your model dry between shots. Make sure you have dry towels and a heater available. If you are using baloons, fill them with warm water and have at least 30 in a kid pool or container close by. We used a long baloon for this. Set up your model, have your assistant ready with the flash release button and a pin to pop the balloon. Set your camera on the tripod, aimed, and focused in on manual focus. Set it at iso 100, at the f stop determined by your test shot, and 15 to 30 seconds for shutter speed. Turn the studio lights off, open your shutter, and wait for your assistant to push the flash button at the same time as they pop the balloon with the pin. Then wait for your shutter to close before turning the studio lights back on. Say awww, wipe up the mess, and repeat a ton of times until you finally get a shot you like. Main things are, protect your equipment, try to keep your model warm, and keep doing it until you get it right.

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