2-light set-up, one strobe from above, diffused through parchment paper, one frontal strobe for sparkles, white reflectors on either side for shape. Very little post processing, contrast etc., reflection on black plexiglass. Note to self: black plexiglass needs to get dusted & cleaned before every shot, especially when a long haired Ragdoll cat is floating around.
4 sec exposure, triggertrap set off by LED flashlight, Speedlite from above… me: soaking wet
This time I used a 40° gridded strobe from the right and flagged the glass’ bottom from unnecessary light spill. I also got a lot smarter about the water spilling around and used a boot tray to contain the excess water.
note: the flash duration of the Speedotron seems to be a whole lot lower than the Canon EX430 speedlite I used in my previous experiment. Ergo, a bigger, more powerful light is not necessarily a better light.
super simple set-up… one speedlite and a piece of foamcore on my kitchen counter. the trick is to drop the ball at the right instant! kidding – I used triggertrap mobile on my iPhone 4 to trigger the flash directly. At first I tried using triggertrap as normally used -plugged in into the camera- and trigger the flash with pocketwizards, it turned out that shutter lag etc. makes this kind of shot impossible, as everything happens within milliseconds. Instead, I plugged the triggertrap directly into the flash via hotshoe adapter and triggered the camera, set to a long shutter speed, manually. ball hits the water, splash! bam! That being said, I used triggertrap’s Bang (trigger by sound) feature, which was a little tricky to adjust due to random ambient noise.
The Canon 430EX speedlite I used for this shot seems to have a very short flash duration and froze motion of the water droplets perfectly.
setup shot #HTCOne
you may need an adapter to plug in the triggertrap mobile device into your hotshoe flash:
dedicated triggertrap hotshoe flash adapter
I had this Pixel TF-321 hotshoe to pc adapter laying around for my Canon set-up
P.S. The star pattern in the first shot was rendered directly from the lens, most likely due to the perpendicular position of the speedlite.
A quick impromptu shoot I did with Lefty after their gig at the Underground Lounge. I was totally not prepared to shoot stills of the band that night and all I had on me was my trusty 5D, a 28mm lens and a speedlite. The lighting in the venue is atrocious and shooting a group of people with little to no light pretty challenging. ISO 1250, f4, max sync speed (1/200th sec.) and I yanked out the small diffuser panel on the speedlite and dialed the power down, as usual. The lighting is not perfect, but not so bad either, given the minimal setup and time spent…