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Strawberry Cream Splash in a spoon (blue background)

Strawberry splash on a spoon (blue background)


UPDATE: now available to buy as a print from my Photobox Pro gallery


Setup shot here but this time I used a blue background, not black as shown in the setup shot.


I dropped the strawberry into a small spoon from a height of about 18 inches. Most of the times I missed, but occasionally I was successfull. The only way for the cream to make a splash is if the strawberry to land from a distance. The spoon contained "Single Cream" purchased from Marks and Spencers. It can be done with milk too, but I prefer using the cream.



Background: A1 blue card

Camera left: Nikon SB28@1/16 power (gridded)

Background light (pointed at card): Nikon SB24@1/16 with Rosco Roscolux #80 Primary Blue filter


For this kind of shot, it is imperative to use low flash power, even 1/16 is pushing it, but I don't dare raise the ISO to 400 as I'm using an Olympus DSLR :) - using power settings such as 1/4 will blur the splash.


The SB28 was triggered by the StopShot electronic trigger system. It was connected to the StopShot via PC Sync. The SB24 was triggered via a slave sensor. The flashguns were triggered during the exposure. They were synchronised with the strawberry dropping not by the camera.


I did this in complete darkness using BULB mode (1.5sec). Yes it was a big mess to clean up afterwards :(


RAW processing in ALR and some cleanup in PS CS 3.0

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Taken on November 19, 2009