Here are some from last night’s audio trigger adventures! I’ve had the idea for the fish shot from some time now and I think it turned out pretty well.

Hopeless: We all feel like this sometime.

The setup for both shots was as follows:

  • 6x Nikon Sb-800s set at 1/128th power 1x audio trigger
  • .22 cal pistol with “primer only” rounds
  • audio sensitive flash trigger with programmable delay
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon 80-200mm 2.8

The camera was set to ISO 500 to achieve f/8. By setting the flashes to 1/128th power, the effective duration was around 1/40,000 sec, fast enough to freeze exploding glass.

If you look closely, you can see the bullet!

Thanks to John, Kevin, Fielding and Andy for bringing the extra equipment and ideas. Oh and by the way, NO FISH WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THESE PHOTOS!

Here are some setup shots by Kevin Clifford:

Setting the cams up. That's John's 4x5 and me with my D300. We are shooting in my messy basement. An array of SB-800s held together by Gaffers tape and hope. 2 More SB-800s coming from the top. You can see the aftermath of the shoot here. My basement is trashed.

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  1. PETA
    on August 17th, 2009

    This fish may have survived, but I’m sure it had a headache. LOL This is a VERY cool photo and well worth the price of admission!!!

    If it helps you feel better… more goldfish die each year from neglect by 5 year olds than to blank 22’s being shot at their bowls!

  2. Keith Davis
    on September 19th, 2009

    Hi Dan
    Came across your goldfish bowl photo on Flickr and thought it was stunning. In fact lots of your work on Flickr is stunning.

    I’m just starting up a public speaking website and would love to use your goldfish photo with the caption “Like a fish out of water”.

    If you would allow me to use the photo, I would give full attribution and a link to your Flickr page or to this site.

    Clearly I would not use your photo without your authorisation.

    Hope to hear from you… keep up the stunning work

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