March 31, 2012

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

So I wonder how many people can answer the question "What did you do at school today?" with "Popped water balloons and threw water over each other."? Did you ever do that while you were studying? It was all in the pursuit of practising photography skills. That it happened to be loads of fun was just a bonus!

It was all about freezing motion by using high shutter speeds. You need to balance your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. I found to get the best results I needed to under-expose the photos by about a stop and a half.

A few brave members of the class were willing to have buckets of water, cordial and milk (!!) thrown at them. Pretty pictures and sticky, smelly clothes ensued. A big thanks to Miss R and Miss D who happily took whatever we threw at them.

As you can see from the pictures there's a split second where the water stays in the balloon shape after it has been popped. It's kind of amazing to see it captured it a photo. It all happens so fast that the human eye just doesn't see it.

So what can I say? It's all in a days work. I'm so keen to capture a few more bursting water balloons! Any one want to be my assistant? There are so many more pictures to share but for the meantime I hope your weekend is going wonderfully!

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