Exploding balloons in the studio

Sometimes it's good to get back into the studio to have a little play and experiment with what can captured on camera!

Finally got a moment last week to test out a piece of kit my Dad gave me for Christmas. It's a gadget that uses noise to trigger the camera's shutter...so I thought, what about popping a balloon full of icing sugar and capturing the explosion?

I set up a black backdrop to contrast against the white powder, put a main flash to the side of my balloon with a small reflector opposite. Using a pin I'd taped to a pole, I then had to burst the balloon without swinging it too much...these are the results...!

(My next plan is to smash something ceramic and capture the pieces flying...watch this space!)

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