in the air! ~ Explored

Took several attempts to get this (balloons kept bursting whilst I walked to the rig). Don't know if I like having the balloon remnant, but think it works well in this case. You can see my thumb is slightly stained from the previous shots ;)


Seeing what I can do with colour in these shots. So happy it's getting warm enough to do these again. Had lots of fun setting these up and making a mess.



Strobist: SB600 on camera right, gobo'd, on 1/64th power. SB800 on camera left, 1/64th, gelled yellow, gobo'd on to white background at rear. Retouching in Aperture. Colours as shot, not artificially added.


I'm not convinced my flashes are in perfect sync. The 'halos' around the droplets aren't artefacts from edits, but as shot. Certainly a third flash for fill would be a welcome addition.


  • Keith Woodland 5y

    WOW!!! I really like this one!!! I bet it wasn't the easiest to time. Fantastic lighting and colors. Incredible job.
  • Corrie White 5y

    Fantastic series. Incredible timing and the colours work very well. They give it that punch. Awesome work.
  • Keith Trueman 5y

    Bloody awesome set of images. The timing is spot and i love the colours.
  • Ilia Alshanetsky 5y

    great capture
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  • _AmaZing_GraCe_ 5y

    love this
  • Stuart 5y

    Dude this is a stunning shot .. loving the colour .. oh and the absolutely nailed 'popped balloon' look - so perfect (love the green and yellow one too!) :-)
  • Ed Horsford 5y

    EXPLORED! - yay thanks all.

    thanks for the comments. It was a really successful shoot, and I've got several more I'm looking forward to posting.

    I was determined to get this 'blue on yellow' shot, and ended up using the entire bottle of food die ;)
  • Marlon Alves Skãzi 5y

    nossaa. que lokoo *-*
  • Tomas 5y

    Wow, gorgeous shot! I love your balloon images - so imaginative. If you don't mind me asking, how do you puncture the balloons?
  • JunJun18 5y

  • ChristopherakaPaul 5y

    The dark and light contrasts of the water are great!
  • ChristopherakaPaul 5y

    Looks like a fuzzy fruit, kinda like a purple coconut.
  • frankiesinclair 5y

    It would be great to see really big prints of these, to be able to see the droplets in detail. If you ever have an exhibition, let me know, as I live in London!
  • ăβᶁᶙᶅᶅᶏḫ єℓ Ṍṋḁẑẛ 5y

    .. very nice
  • melody edeline 3y

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