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fruit splash photo technique challenge

2012.07.28
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So after a week of having no time to think about the challenge, and in desperation to shoot something after being too busy to think about it all day, I thought I'd give the fruit splash challenge a shot.

The first thing I realized is that I have no clear glass containers. None. I have young children, maybe that's why. I briefly considered the fish tank, but thought the poor goldfish wouldn't appreciate being relocated because of the creative whim of the one who feeds him. Selfish fish.

I have young children, which means I also have wine glasses. Yep. Multi-purpose wine glasses, it seems. So I set up the wine glass, filled it with water and looked for fruit small enough to drop in without breaking said glass. Second realization.... no small fruit. But wait! I have ... tomatoes! They are fruit (yes, they are), and in this case, they are small, being grape tomatoes.

Set up camera, set up glass, set up tomatoes..... how hard could this be?

Hard, as it turns out.

I took 55 shots.

11 were empty....
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24 were full of tomatoes but too late for the splash...
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6 rim shots...
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a pitiful handful of shots that you could consider "splash" shots... this was the best of the handful.
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Conclusion.... This kind of shooting is all about timing, which I seem to need practice with.... and wine glasses should be single purpose :)

I'm glad I did this though, and I hope that some day I decide to try again, with better setup and better planning.... maybe after the demise of the selfish fish :)
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Other examples of this week's challenge are here.
20 Comments
Marzijapan #4 looks pretty cool to me :)
Marzijapan · 2012-07-28: 20:49
liveandletlive I like the next to last one. Much better than I could do Marjorie!!
liveandletlive · 2012-07-28: 21:46
CHOSSID LOL! I don't even have wine glasses.... They went into the dishwasher with my oldest son's marbles!!!
I may buy something and try this Monday.
CHOSSID · 2012-07-28: 22:14
Shaparak #4 is closer to success in challenge, though the last one is beautiful out of subject :)
I don't know what happened at #3 scene!
Shaparak · 2012-07-28: 23:05
Keryl LMAO! I set my self-timer to 3 consecutive shots, and most of mine were like yours. (Now, I wonder...are olives fruits? They must be. Surely they're not vegetables?) Anyway, I am greatly amused by all of this, M. Great work.
Keryl · 2012-07-28: 23:21
beth0110 well you certainly are farther ahead than I am, for sure!!! love your sequence :) did you do the lighting part too?
beth0110 · 2012-07-29: 00:46
maudlaurens Ah ah !! je veux essayer moi aussi, et j'imagine que je vais y passer un bon moment !!! malgré tout je vous "tire mon chapeau" !!
maudlaurens · 2012-07-29: 03:31
????? After seeing many of these challenges posted, it is yours I admire most for showing the process warts an all.... P.s Congrats on achieving that sought after "Splash" :)
????? · 2012-07-29: 04:03
SkyMonroe I knew you could do it
SkyMonroe · 2012-07-29: 06:56
onlyricky I LOL AT:

The first thing I realized is that I have no clear glass containers. None. I have young children, maybe that's why. I briefly considered the fish tank, but thought the poor goldfish wouldn't appreciate being relocated because of the creative whim of the one who feeds him. Selfish fish.

continuing reading....

I have young children, which means I also have wine glasses <-- LOL, what the hell? do they drink wine too? GOSH kitchen bitch I can't believe!! (by the way my brother calls me Ricky fuckin' bitch so we are equal on the bitch thing) I am a wine producer and I can't drink it can you believe!? yuck! tho, if i could, i'd send you a nice bootle of Portuguese wine and you'd see what amazing wine it is! ;)))
well continue reading...

grape tomatoes...gosh...I don't have those here, and yeap tomatoes are fruits, most of people don't know it :))) you're effing smart! :D

continue reading...

Set up camera, set up glass, set up tomatoes..... how hard could this be?
A: FUCKIN' HARD, and a lot of water dropping out! I can tell it, and my brother as well, well I was faster than him, but he took 2 or 3 days to have a ''decent'' shot. gosh, don't tell anyone but my mother doesn't know we did it, but we flooded our kitchen LOL

continuing reading now and watching the shots....

Rim shots? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL


continuing watching....
well at least you didn't break the glass...still...I think I'd enjoy seeing you mad after breaking one and your husband would be mad at you and your kids would laugh because if they are like me they will love the sound of breaking glasses! LOL (i'm still a kid ya know!)

last shot really fooled me! When I saw it in small I'd say It was water and the fruit in up!REALLY TRICKED ME!! effin' glass!

wine glasses should be single ... are there married glasses? let me know

I think I woke up with dark humor! lol
onlyricky · 2012-07-29: 07:06
thepictureman Timing was great on the last two. Have you tried the rapid advance (i.e. 3-4 frames per sec ??)
thepictureman · 2012-07-29: 09:12
stabeez I like the fourth shot Marjorie. It got me to thinking about garnishes for drinks and splashes and .... heck... I could use a wine glass with a splash of lemon and some Grand Marnier and... forget about the camera altogether and just drink the stuff. Maybe I'll try with water and fruit another day. I like the idea.
stabeez · 2012-07-29: 10:27
GoBlues You got some pretty cool shots, I think !!!
GoBlues · 2012-07-29: 13:19
honzicek Very nice!
honzicek · 2012-07-29: 23:10
EvaLizette Hahhaha great post and comments :) and you need lots of LUCK!
You got a great result :)
EvaLizette · 2012-07-31: 05:36
Ryana At least you tried. ;-))
Ryana · 2012-07-31: 12:24
????? i like it, and as Sandra mentioned, at least you tried, and that's the main thing!!!
????? · 2012-07-31: 17:28
maudlaurens Je suis en train d'essayer, chère amie, et je peux dire que ce n'est pas une chose facile....J'espère pouvoir poster bientôt ....lol
maudlaurens · 2012-08-01: 08:21
lukesmom LOVE #3 and your narrative is too funny as to why you do and don't have the type of glasses you need! Great work!
lukesmom · 2012-08-01: 09:59
????? haha cool shots. i've never tried anything like this before. i like how they turned out though, especially the fourth photo.

i don't understand the correlation between having children and having wine glasses.... e.e
????? · 2012-08-02: 10:35
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