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.
70-200mm lens at 170mm
ISO 250 @ f/13 @ 1.160 second
Speedlights triggered in commander mode.
new blog on the technique: markshaiken.com/2011/11/the-moment-of-impact/