Practical Photography Magazine

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Practical Photography Magazine

Shortly after sharing one of my images on 500px I was contacted by Practical Photography magazine who were interested in including the image as part of a ‘behind the lens’ article in the February 2014 issue. It’s the first time I’ve been published in a national magazine so a big thanks to the people who set it in motion.

Practical Photography Magazine FEB2014

Practical Photography Magazine FEB2014

The photo can be found in my commercial portfolio (2nd image) as well as on 500px account. I think the shot took somewhere in the ballpark of 8 hours to shoot from start to finish, most of that time taken up by setup and keeping everything clean between takes.

Image detail:
The paint is sitting on top of a balloon placed partially into the can,  when burst this briefly leaves a shell of the paint behind. Shooting in a darkened studio with a long exposure (~2s), a sound trigger was set to trip two Broncolor Grafit flash packs based on the ‘bang’ of the exploding balloon (open-shutter technique). Cleanup between takes took some time but all the important parts like the flash packs and the camera were protected with plastic drop sheets or plexiglass, using a 200mm lens also helped to distance the camera for the exploding paint.

Originally the image was just going to be an abstract image of the paint with a black background, but after doing a few shots of that I decided to re-shoot; adding in some context and a colouored background.