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It's not the fall that kills you...
It's not the fall that kills you...

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Challenge: Balloons (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Apr 17, 2010
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 10s
Galleries: Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Apr 18, 2010

...it's the sudden stop at the end.

Decided to play around with high-speed photography techniques with my flashes. I aimed the camera at the floor in the shower with a 10 second exposure at f/10 in the dark. I released the shutter, then dropped the balloon with one hand and with the other triggered my flashes right when it hit the floor.

I took about 100 shots and this was the best composition / effect. I find this kind of thing fascinating - we'll see what the voters think!

There are about 4-5 really different looking stages of the impact - here are some of the other shots:


Selective editing includes contrast, saturation, dodge/burn, noise reduction, sharpening, cloning out small specs, and vignetting.

Place: 103 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.7178
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.7143
Avg (non-participants): 5.7258
Views since voting: 1050
Views during voting: 483
Votes: 202
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/19/2010 04:08:31 PM
Hey, thanks for the comments, folks - just noticed them.

Yes, these are water balloons dropped onto a tile floor using flashes to freeze the motion. They're really pretty tough if you don't overfill them - I only had one break on accident. The "vomiting pacman" was on purpose - if you look closely you can see the pin on the floor. The only thing I varied over the other shots was exactly when the flash trigger went off during the impact.

Thanks for the suggestions, Joe. =)
05/17/2010 09:51:34 PM
UN REAL.. amazing. I would do a whole series like this if I had the ability to shoot them. Wow!! Did you use water in them and were they varied?
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05/03/2010 10:37:54 PM
In your outtakes, the one in the lower left looks like a vomiting PacMan. :-) (And a couple look like dog droppings!)

I did think this was quite fascinating when I voted the challenge!
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05/03/2010 10:13:13 PM
I thought this was sweet. A great stop action image. I think to take it to the next level would be to incorporate more elements, like a target or maybe toss it at someone's face. :P
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04/29/2010 05:09:28 PM
This is definitely underrated. I don't think people realized what they were looking at. What a clever idea.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2010 04:39:23 AM
What a shot! Amazing capture.
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04/23/2010 09:37:28 PM
This is so cool!!
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04/19/2010 04:48:45 PM
That's pretty freaky.
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04/19/2010 02:21:40 PM
Nice image!
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