I was due to do a fashion shoot with someone new but they cancelled due to work the afternoon before the shoot. So given the option of spending the night either belly aching over it or getting on and doing something I decided on the latter. I did at first consider messaging round to get a replacement but thought instead I would have a bit of me time at the studio and start work on one of my new year projects - High Speed Photography.
So fully armed with balloons, bucket, towels and pins I headed over to the studio. The setup was going to be pretty simple. One water filled balloon over a bucket, trigger trap on my phone in sound mode linked to a flash on low power (the lower the power the quicker the flash pulse) a dark room and a sharp pin. Heh presto Water Balloon High Speed popping.
The setup had the camera at 4 seconds exposure, F7.1 and flash on 1/64 power. The triggertrap bang level was set up about 1/3 of the way up just enough for the camera shutter sound to not trigger it but the balloon pop would and a 3 second delay on repeat triggers to avoid two flashes in one exposure. So balloon setup, lights off all but a small led lamp so I could just see what I was doing, black backdrop in place and I was ready. Oh camera pre focused on manual. Picture of setup below.