A few days ago I saw an awesome video of a photographer who was popping ballons on models heads to create water wigs. While I don’t have the equipment to be quite as sophisticated in a studio, I also don’t think my kids would pose as my models. Then again… maybe a little bribery would help that situation. 🙂
It was a beautiful day outside, yet my oldest son was moping around. So I volunteered him to help me capture some water balloon splashes. I first had to teach him how to fill and tie a water balloon. He picked it up quick, and before I knew it, he had more than a dozen balloons ready to go. We finished the setup, then he was my designated dropper. We had to drop quite a few of the balloons before we captured one that had the look we were going for, but the cement and water seemed to blend together and the photo wasn’t as dramatic. So I rigged up a wire from our basketball hoop, filled up a dozen more balloons and got set up yet again.
I tried it from a few different angles, but here is the one that I think had the best contrast and look.
Canon 60D | 100mm macro lens | 1/8000 | f/3.2 | ISO 400 | RAW
I used the Tv mode on the camera so I could get the fastest shutter speed possible (1/8000), and I brought the ISO up to 400 so the aperture could be a little smaller to allow me a little bigger depth of field. There are a few photos of the balloon where parts are out of focus, but this photo seemed to work out well.
If you want to check out more of the balloon photos, check out my Facebook page on Sunday and I will share a few more. I will also include the best photo of the dropping balloon so you can see what I meant by there not being enough contrast.
Maybe next time I will get my kids to let me drop the water balloons on their heads. I’ll just need to make sure it’s a hot summer day and the water is refreshing.