The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Late Afternoon

Hi61° Rain Likely

Tonight

Lo45° Chance Showers

Tuesday

Hi62° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo45° Showers Likely

Wednesday

Hi55° Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo46° Showers

Thursday

Hi60° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo46° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi54° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo50° Chance Rain

Timing..Timing...Timing

Send to Kindle
Print This

Timing. I can't stress this enough. Taking a picture of a dart puncturing a water balloon is all about timing. Two things are clear right away. You need a really dark room and you're going to spill water.

I used a clamp to hold the water balloon and then I set up a laser trigger on my flash. The laser trigger is called a Nero Trigger, it's a device that fires your camera or flash using light or sound. I also used a store bought laser pointer to set up the beam.

Getting the water balloon very close to the light beam and then throwing a dart in dark room is how you do it. Not always successful.

I used an fstop of 5.6. ISO 200. Exposure 3 seconds. Once the laser beam is broken it triggers the flash. What's nice about the Nero trigger you can dial in a delay after the laser beam is broken. The dart hitting the balloon was 1 millisecond after the beam was broken. I used settings of 3 to 15 milliseconds on other photos. 

Water Balloon Dart
Using the flash unit to capture a water balloon and a dart impact
First successful attempt
Water balloon photos using flash
Longest delay
Flash fires after 15 milliseconds

All comments are moderated before appearing. For more information, please read the approval guidelines. Questions? See our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy.

Comments Help

A few important points:

  • You must have a Disqus account to comment (your Wenatchee World login and Disqus login are completely separate)
  • You must provide your first and last name
  • Your comment must be civil

For more information see our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy