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    Default Bursting water balloons !

    [Insane cackle in the background]

    Tonight I took my mini studio outside for obvious reasons :biggrin:

    First a test 'shot' to see how far the pellet travels before the flash fires .



    The real shot[s] triggered too fast .



    I moved the mic to delay the trigger and things started to look better . :smile:







    I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of this sound trigger :smile:
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    cool shots - the water looks like frost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    cool shots - the water looks like frost!
    Probably the angle of the flash
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    It was getting dark and I tried with a smaller target ....

    oops !



    The small ones don't look so good .

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    These are wicked mate

    To me though they look like some kind of mould

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    Quote Originally Posted by North of Auckland View Post
    These are wicked mate

    To me though they look like some kind of mould
    I was fairly surprised when I saw how it looks - I'd like to delay it a bit more and see how it looks then !
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    I wonder what they would be like if shot on a black base then remove anything other than the water in Photoshop

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    Quote Originally Posted by North of Auckland View Post
    I wonder what they would be like if shot on a black base then remove anything other than the water in Photoshop
    That's where I eventually want to go with it .... and the reason why I started placing them on top of the cd cover to get them away from the board .
    Maybe I could tie them up rather ?
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    Use fishing line or cotton and then in PS use the "Blend If" function. That's what Chase Jarvis used for his King Fu photo's.

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    Those are totally stunning!! Fantastic effect!
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    Hanging the balloon would be better. But the water effect looks great
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klickit View Post
    Those are totally stunning!! Fantastic effect!
    Thanks I may have to start digging out the old lightbulbs I've been collecting and dust off the old hammer .....I want to perfect this shot ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photocol View Post
    Hanging the balloon would be better. But the water effect looks great
    Yeah , that's what I really need to do . The biggest problem is that half filled balloons don't rip apart so nicely and the full ones are really heavy but give a good result
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    Desmond, these are truly superb. Well done!
    Keep up the great work. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwedge99 View Post
    Desmond, these are truly superb. Well done!
    Keep up the great work. Glenn
    Thanks , I just got back from the shop with another 40 balloons
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    Tonight the SB24 took cover and waited ....



    The first shot was triggered too soon and you can see the pellet entering the balloon ....
    1/16 th power , 1/11000th sec .



    I moved the mic and tried one without water



    Back to full of water .....



    Partially filled to stop the swaying , note the shape of the water at the bottom . [ Special note , trying to blow up a balloon after partially filling it with water is not conducive to dry lungs ! ]



    I tried shooting at three in the hopes that two would pop at once but somehow the flash never fired or I got my timing wrong when pushing the shutter because it took quite a bit of concentration .
    This is the one that was left , second attempt , I call it ''The dancer "

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    These freakin ROCK!!

    Great stuff, have flicked you a PM re the trigger as this is something I have wanted to try for some time now And suddenly I am very inspired
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    Desmond, these are freaking AMAZING!
    All of them!!
    SO cool.
    I laughed out loud - not in a funny way but in a 'wooaaaah' way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sancho View Post
    These freakin ROCK!!

    Great stuff, have flicked you a PM re the trigger as this is something I have wanted to try for some time now And suddenly I am very inspired
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby Tuesday View Post
    Desmond, these are freaking AMAZING!
    All of them!!
    SO cool.
    I laughed out loud - not in a funny way but in a 'wooaaaah' way!
    Thanks , I must say when I saw the first picture it was nothing like what I was expecting and it gave me quite a thrill seeing it !
    I'm busy processing the pictures I took tonight - from the side !
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    This one could have been sharper


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    Tonight I tried a few from the side . I admit the lighting could be better , and I need more space around them considering the effect I'm getting .









    When I tried another one from the front I was closer to the mic so it triggered too soon .

    Last edited by Desmond; 13-09-2009 at 10:36 PM.
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    These really are brilliant mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by North of Auckland View Post
    These really are brilliant mate
    Thanks , I should have done better with the light though .
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    yep - very good. The blue one is getting there. Once you get one you are happy with, clone out the string/knot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    yep - very good. The blue one is getting there. Once you get one you are happy with, clone out the string/knot
    The hardest part is positioning the flash . When I do test shots I get blown highlights - but when I do the real shot that smooth surface is no longer there . Then I change balloons and lift the reflector off the top - and forget to put it back and lose a lot of light . maybe I need to get the flash right underneath in it's own waterproof bag !
    As it gets darker it gets harder to see what I'm shooting at as well ..... I think the farmer is going to be picking up chickens with lead poisoning again tomorrow !
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