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02/52: Butterfly | by ksten
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02/52: Butterfly

The room above my garage is now clear and available for me to use as a small studio, so I decided to have a play and set up for some liquid shots.

 

The set up was very simple with a single light from the left, a reflector on the right and a second light for the background. I placed a waterproof sheet down on the floor, then put a children's paddling pool on top of that. I set up a light stand in the middle of the pool and raised it so the top of it was in the middle of the frame. This allowed me to lock focus on it and then lower it back down to its minimum height so that it was no longer in the frame.

 

I scooped up handfuls of water from a bucket in the pool, held my hands above the light stand so that the water would fall down the plane of focus and as I dropped the water I fired the camera remotely. I had run out of hands dropping the water so I had to resort to using my big toe to press the wireless release! I also played about with dropping water out of plastic cups and it was these that gave me the wing shapes.

 

This is a composite image of four of the resulting photographs which has then been mirrored. I ended up extracting each "splash" from the original photographs and placing them on a white background. I then added the final colour and background gradient in post.

 

Strobist:

 

Ranger Quadra A Head, B port at 4.4, 130x50 Strip with both diffusers, camera left

Ranger Quadra A Head, B port at 4.4, 130x50 Strip with both diffusers, on floor aimed at background

Tri-grip reflector, silver / sunfire, camera right

 

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Taken on January 14, 2012