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The Lemon at Impact | by mark shaiken : : photography
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The Lemon at Impact

I have been working on, and struggling with, photographing fruit, veggies, and things at the moment of impact with water. Then, I found a video on YouTube that gave me some ideas and here is how it works. Fish tank, half full of water. 70-200mm lens on a tripod manual focus. Place a hammer upside down in the fish tank where the fruit, etc. will impact. Focus. ISO 250, f/13, 1/160 second. Four speed lights, all on manual power. Speedlight one and two are at 1/128 power and pointing into the tank from each end (speed lights in baggies because of splashing water. Speedlight three is high pointing down on the tank also at 1/128 power. Speedlight four points at background with a lighter background is used (not in this shot) at 1/64th power. Trigger with a cable release and time the shot with the impact.


Nikon D700

70-200mm lens at 170mm

ISO 250 @ f/13 @ 1.160 second

Speedlights triggered in commander mode.


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Taken on November 19, 2011