For this picture I had to figure out a way to turn a glass of water upside down. A quick check on the electric internet didn’t reveal any commercially available antigravity devices so I had to come up with something more in the realms of possibility. My first thought was to freeze the water. I had read in the comments on someone else’s picture that if you use distilled water and double boil it you will get crystal clear ice. That sounded plausible but as I live in Queensland and it is very warm and humid at the moment that would mean problems with the glass sweating. Not to mention the fact that I would have to shoot the picture very quickly before things started to thaw!
In the end I decided to try making my own jelly. I added a small amount of red food colouring to some water and then added a sachet of gelatine. I filled two glasses (just in case there were any problems) and put them in the fridge. Because the glasses had such tall stems, they wouldn’t fit on the fridge shelf so I had to put them in the door. I told my better half to be careful when she went to open the door or the glass might fly out. Sure enough, half an hour later there was a loud crash and the sound of shattering glass. If anyone is interested, Myers have 30% off on S&P huge champagne flutes at the moment!
So for the picture, there are three glasses filled with water and blue food colouring and a fourth filled with red jelly sitting on a sheet of glass supported between two chairs. There is an Elinchrom D-lite 4 flash head in a box under the glasses and another one pointing at the seamless white paper background. Both are triggered by PW’s. I also used two SB-28's on either side fired through translucent umbrellas, again by PW’s. The SB-28’s are set at ½ power with 24mm zoom. The background flash is set at full power and the flash under the glass is on ½ power.
Picture here: There’s Always One Picture
Just to prove this is not a clever Photoshop trick, here is another setup shot with me holding the jelly glass: There’s Always One Setup II