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.
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.
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.