Strawberry Cream Splash in a spoon (blue background)

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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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  1. Howard Brodsky 23 months ago | reply

    Great work!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Truly Fabulous, and be proud as you have not only caught my eye but you have humbled me!!!!!!!!!!
    Hi I’m Howard ,and I just wanted to tell you, that you are talented beyond belief to have executed such an incredible perfect shot .This comment code awarded here for your work is a compliment that your work is so exceptional and I am so pleased to be able to show this level of work as part of Howard and Caz`s Gallery ( HCG)....considering we are now at our final level...seen here.........................................

    .......As the Art Director of this Gallery, which bears my name, and my standards I have to say
    Wowowowowowowowowowow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take that bow............. Your work is ............beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!
    I want to thank you for submitting your beautiful work in "Howard and Caz`s Gallery" you honor photography, as well as this site.................Thank you ...............Howard

  2. Justabird2 23 months ago | reply

    I love the blue with the red. Very appealing to the eyes. I know it's not easy to catch a splash and you did great. Love the spoon idea. Nice and sharp. Picture perfect! angie from FL

    "Your image is very welcomed in HCG, where only Platinum Level images are accepted. Yours is quality work that reflects your skill and talent in photography and art. I thank you very much for adding to the spirit of Howard and Caz's Gallery as you have made it even richer with your presence. Can't wait to see more of your work! Angie,VP of HCG"

  3. Caz 71♥ (On and Off) 23 months ago | reply

    This photo is just wonderful and deserves to be shown here as your skill has shone through in this photo. I would like to thank you for adding a touch of class to the Gallery with your work, and for having the standard required to be accepted to the Platinum level…………. Just stunning....Caz (co-Art Director)

  4. Irene2727 23 months ago | reply

    WOW for wonderful

  5. stan hope Off and on. 23 months ago | reply

    Stunning image my friend. Wonderful composition, detail and perfect light.

    Phenomenal shot that deserves to be shown as your skill is so apparent .Thank you for making Howards Gallery richer with your photo as you have made this Gallery truly special with its presence…………Stan

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  7. Philip Kuntz 23 months ago | reply


    Exceptional shot that deserves to be shown as your skill is so apparent. Thank you for making Howards Gallery richer with your photo. You have made this Gallery truly special with it's presence…………Phil (M)

  8. Cut2Run 23 months ago | reply

    Great effect!

  9. ❝ĞɛԼøՍɠαʝӐỄԂ❞... 20 months ago | reply

    Magic.... All my favorite ingredients :D

  10. marthinotf 16 months ago | reply

    Arte, talento y buen gusto fotográfico para crear esta maravillosa foto .. TE FELICITO

    Saludos con amistad

  11. el niño de la espina 15 months ago | reply

    ¡¡Fantástica fotografía~Fantastic photo!!
    Vista en/See in:

    Lo que mis ojos han visto ~ What my eyes have seen

    Please read the rules before adding photos to "Lo que mis ojos han visto ~ What my eyes have seen ".

  12. carcou37 13 months ago | reply

    Incroyable ! Bravo !

  13. final shot ! 3 months ago | reply

    Congratulations brilliant ..Alan

  14. guineapig-crazy 2 months ago | reply

    Wow amazing love it sooooo much!

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