photo5 - Falling Umbrella

Stroboscopic flash used to capture the cocktail umbrella falling into a Martini glass.

Martini glass balanced on another, upside down, to give the appearance of a flat shiny surface.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 21st October 2008, This photo: 11:55pm

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  • accesser said:
    Very cool love it, I'll have to get some Strobes and other gear so I can try my hand at these kind of things really nice work David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jason. Those damn umbrellas are difficult to drop in the right way, they float about all over the place.
    For this shot, I used an SB-26 on camera pointing out of frame to an SB-600 on a stand with an optical trigger. The SB-26 was set to multi-flash mode at 14 flashes over 1 second. The SB-600 provided the side lighting for the shot, whereas the SB-26 was only used to trigger the SB-600. :)
  • accesser said:
    Sounds like a lot of fun, There are some really cool shots on flickr where people have used strobes to capture a balloon full of water bursting I'd love to try that one day one of them they put some cornstarch in with the water it made it look really cool
  • David de Groot said:
    You need a sound or motion beam trigger for that sort of thing. One day I might make one, as it's impressive stuff to play with.
  • accesser said:
    lol Just reading about those now on my lunch break Issue 72 of Digital Photographer Magazine
  • frednaut said:
    I'd love to try a balloon vs bb gun type shoot - sound triggered. I think it's a bit complex for me though.
    Cool shots for the comp David - good luck! I failed to produce anything for it - total creativity meltdown.
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Nice work!
    I like the improv'd "table".
    Good black b/g. How did you do that? The silent vacuum of space, or something more mundane?
  • David de Groot said:
    I was at a complete standstill (except for the lame bubble shot) until the evening of the 21st, then around 10ish I got the idea about the ribbon, since I was setup, the umbrella idea just formed and I spent too long trying to get the thing to fall in the right spot ;-)

    The black background is a 5-in-1 reflector (it has a black side), held by a lightstand with reflector arm, positioned about 2m behind the subject, the camera was on a tripod on the other side of a couch (about 2m from the subject), triggered by a remote. 'twas tricky to avoid flash spill, but managed it in the end :)
  • bruce-p said:
    Instead of balancing the glasses, you could have just used a black shing thing to stand 1 glass up ... ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true, but it was after midnight and I don't have a black shiny thing :P