Thank your Lucky Strawberries

April 29, 2009 | Category: Lighting, Photography

I got lucky trying to time some splash shots with a strawberry and some extra Cristal we happened to have laying around. Rather than using an audio trigger (which would’ve been way easier), Field and I decided to test our hand eye coordination (and patience) by manually timing the shots. The cameras were set to bulb in a completely dark room. I dropped the strawberry in one hand and fired a radio trigger in the other. We did get some splashes, but this was my favorite shot. If you look closely at the top left corner you can see strawberry guts from me “bricking” the shot in the dark.

 Good timing

Gridzilla: 2x sb-800s + 1x Honl 1/8" grid

The lighting was provided using my expertly constructed double flashed grid setup. I gaffers taped the hell out of carefully adjoined two Nikon SB800s together and precisely installed (velcro and a prayer) a honl 1/8” grid to the front. This allowed the enough light to operate at 1/64 power for action freezing flash duration. 

Final Specs: Nikon D300, 80-200mm 2.8 @ f/8, ISO 200, bulb.

Lighting: 2x sb800s gridded behind and lower than glass,  2x more sb800s, one on either side though large softboxes. All lights triggered by Skyports. 


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  1. Bob Towery
    on April 29th, 2009

    Awesome image and description. I’m looking forward to reviewing more of your site!

  2. Tony Traub
    on May 1st, 2009

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  3. Jim Crane
    on May 9th, 2009

    Your work is inspiring! You’ve got some real talent! I’ve been doing portraits with a friend but have always wanted to try some of the more artistic stock photos such as the work you’ve done here.