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Project 365, Day 36 - Balloon Pop!

Blue, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

I spent some time today playing around with my new high-speed flash unit (the one I built yesterday). I popped a lot of balloons; my bathroom looks like birthday party massacre, or something. :D I got some interesting shots, although nothing I really love. This is my favorite, so far. There's also a Flickr set with a few others:


Next, I want to figure out how to shoot a crown of water droplets. :)



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May. 11th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Wow. Those are so full of win. Wow.
May. 11th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
May. 11th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
the picture is awesome and I love the idea of a birthday party massacre. In fact, I think I know exactly what that looks like from one of my younger son's earlier birthday parties. Yay!
May. 11th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Neat! Wow that's cool. "Next, I want to figure out how to shoot a crown of water droplets." Wow again. You're quite ambitious. I don't think I'd know where to even begin to do that!

S says he thinks milk might work better, but he could be wrong.
May. 11th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh and did you know that Birthday Party Massacre is the name of a band? It's true. S has some CDs of their's. :)
May. 11th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
I think S is right about the milk; I think I read that on one of the websites where I first saw the water drop photos (which is what gave me the idea to try taking one of my own).

Also, LOL about the band name. That's awesome. :D I might take a picture of my own massacre - I still haven't picked up all the "dead" balloons. :D
May. 12th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
Great pic
Hang on, you mean this is a blue balloon in the process of popping? How'd you do it?
May. 12th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Great pic
Yep! Balloon in the process of popping.

I used the high-speed flash unit I built last week ( http://here-be-dragons.livejournal.com/554699.html ). In my bathroom (where I can make the room completely dark; no windows), I set the camera's shutter speed for about three seconds. Then (after pre-focusing and turning out the lights), I hit the shutter release, and then pop the balloon with a pin. The high-speed flash is hooked up to a microphone, so that the flash is triggered by the sound of the balloon popping; since the camera's shutter is open this whole time, it captures just that bit of action, and voila! Popping in action. The trick is to get the timing right - if I have the microphone too close to the balloon, the flash will fire before it's really popped; if I have it too far away, the flash will fire after all the action. So, I popped a few dozen balloons to get these shots. I intend to do a few more - and other subjects. It's a fun process. :)
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