How to shoot like this

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  1. ronenfox

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    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2042/2053594454_f4566779a6.jpg

    Thats the link to the image that I want to know how to shoot.
    I know that it requires a super fast shutter, but thats all I really know. Is it lit by flash? If so, why doesnt the flash light up the background?
    How is the background so black? how is only the disturbed water lit?
    Do they use a tank? if so, what shape? How big?
    Is it just water? Is it modified in anyway?
    Help?
     
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    A very clean fish tank with black paper along the back of it. There is a flash not exactly sure where its positioned.

    My opinion...
     
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    id say photoshop for the background
     
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    Do you shoot from the other side of the glass of the fishtank? I guess you would have to, it just seems a bit impractical.
     
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    This type of shot is achieved in a completely black room, lit with a strobe. The camera will be on bulb mode. To trigger the flash, they probably used a IR trigger, or a sound trigger.
    Here is how it works:
    They open the shutter of the camera, but since the room is black, no light is recorded. Then they drop the lemon into the water, and when it makes a noise, the sound trigger will trip the strobes, and recording the image.
     
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    Anyway of asking the erson who shot it? I'd like to know how it was done too... I'm pretty sure that there was some hefty photoshop done to eliminate the extra water... You can tell from the way the water-surface disappears...
     
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    The flickr account of the original artist:

    http://www.flickr.com/people/chrisharveyphotography/

    His description of the photo:
    "I shot this using 1 elechrome light with a white mount board to bounce the light back into the subject, the orange was dropped into a fish tank filled with water and shot at 1/1000 of a second . Created some dramatic effects. "
     
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    I dont think ti was photoshopped nearly as much as people think. I just think that since the background is black and the water is perfectly level with the camera, that it seems invisible since the water is undisturbed... IMO
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Ok, maybe not photoshopped a tone, but the water-level is visible infront of the object, and disappears to the sides... You can always see the water level in aquariums.
     
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    True, but easy to clone out. ;)
     
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    Yes, aquariums the water is moving, if the water is perfectly motionless and the camera is at eye level, there is no surface for light to reflect off...

    But ya, water does create a curvature when it touches the walls which is a surface to reflect off.... just stating opinion lol
     

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