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How'd They Do That? :: Blueberry Splash
Blueberry Splashby Jacko
Inspiration.The original idea was to take a photograph of blueberries and cream. I took a few shots and quickly realized it was lacking color and punch:
I decided to drop some blueberries in the cream to see if I could capture a splash. It really didn’t produce anything interesting.
I really got the best effects after 30 shots when I actually threw the blueberries in the cream.
I used a 500W light source to brighten the exposure big time. This was the only way I was going to be able to shoot at 1/800 second (indoors) and have sufficient lighting. I used my father’s old Super 8 movie camera (over 30 years old) for the shot. Actually, I used the spotlight that came with the camera for lighting.
How I did it.
I filled a pie plate with one inch of 18% cream. I’d place a blueberry in the cream and focus on it. Then I’d take the blueberry and throw it in the cream, trying to make it land where I had focused. You’d be surprised at how good you’ll get at timing the splash and the shutter after a few shots. The super fast shutter speed let me shoot the pictures free hand, since my tripod was being used to support my light source. I also used an aperture of F5.6 to increase the depth of field and increase the odds of having the shot in focus. Messy, messy fun.
I really liked the way the cream gave a different splash every time. Some other shots which turned out OK:
The original shot:
Final Submission – cropped out over half. Sharpened a little bit, adjusted levels and saturation.
I also posted some variations of the shots here: http://www.pbase.com/jacko/blueberry_splash
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