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09/18/2002 04:43:58 PM · #1
First off I want to congratulate the winners. Great job! And to you, John, all I can say is wow! Great imagination and tastefully done.

Several people have asked how I created my strawberry photo so allow me to explain. First off, I was rushed which is always a bad thing. There were several things I wished I could have improved on it. I should have switched strawberrys more often so it didn't start to look gooey and I should have worked with the focus some more. The 'trick' to this photo was to tie a string around the strawberry's stem and suspend it from a light in my kitchen so that it was hanging at a good height in front of a dark blanket that I had tacked to the back wall. I put a large towl on the floor under the strawberry to catch all the water that I would be pouring over it. My camera was on one tripod and my flash was to the side on another tripod. Since the strawberry was slippery I put two toothpicks into it it at the top and backside which served as a handle so I could rotate the strawberry for a better composition. Then I just poured water over it from a squirt bottle and what you see is just the way the water ran down the strawberry and off at an angle. The photos was not tilted. That's pretty much it. What I should have done is to take a few shots and then load them into the computer to evaluate before I got serious with the shots. It is too easy to miss something by only viewing the images on the small LCD screen. Going slow and methodical is the only way to go.

T
09/18/2002 05:01:12 PM · #2
Thanks Tim !
I was one of those who asked how it was done.
Just one thing: you say you had the flash on another tripod. How was it connected to the camera. Is it something I can do with my Canon G2 or is it a Sony feature ?
I gave you 9 by the way.
Marc
09/18/2002 05:31:44 PM · #3
My Sony uses it's own proprietary flash which has to plug into the side of the camera with a foot long cable. The one benefit is that you can position it a very short ways away from the camera. I actually want to know if there is a longer cable I can attach to it to increase it's length. Any F707 owners know this? Thanks for the 9 marc.

T
09/18/2002 05:48:58 PM · #4
Hi Tim... great 'how to' on that photo....

I'm wondering if you couldn't build a replacement cable for that flash? I haven't purchased the hotshoe flash for mine yet, but I want to. Is the cable permanently attached to the flash unit or is it connected by the same connector that hooks up to the camera side?
09/18/2002 05:49:41 PM · #5
Originally posted by timj351:
My Sony uses it's own proprietary flash which has to plug into the side of the camera with a foot long cable. The one benefit is that you can position it a very short ways away from the camera. I actually want to know if there is a longer cable I can attach to it to increase it's length. Any F707 owners know this? Thanks for the 9 marc.

T

Terrific shot, and thanks for the tutorial, (I am always wondering how people do things like that!). As for the flash ...
Try here - this might help you out.
Linda
09/18/2002 08:31:41 PM · #6
Yes John, the flash cable is permanently attached. It comes with an extension bar that can attach to the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera. Pretty nifty.

Thanks Linda, the information is real helpful. I will probably be buying those supplies shortly. I havn't done any soldering but I have a friend who is very good at that sort of thing. I can't wait to try it.

T
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