Jeff E Jensen 12/18/2012 9:15:26 PM

Here's one for Dale's challenge. It meets the criteria, it was shot using a tripod and was longer than a 1/4 second exposure. That's all I'm saying. #1504246

Christopher Budny 12/19/2012 6:57:55 AM

wow... impressive! I'm sure there was a good little bit to this setup... lighting, an automated trigger mechanism for timing the flash, etc...? I'd love to try something like this sometime. Would be interested to see say, the black ball filled with water and frozen--so only the white would shatter... or how the collision would look if both were filled with (unfrozen) water... so many possibilities to play with! #10470495

Debbie E. Payne 12/19/2012 10:35:22 AM

A wonder for sure, Jeff. Gorgeous, too. #10470743

Rita K. Connell 12/19/2012 2:35:00 PM

I love this Jeff I especially like the one you have on your facebook that is red. but what is not to like about these. very cool indeed! #10471044

Rita K. Connell 12/19/2012 2:35:00 PM

I love this Jeff I especially like the one you have on your facebook that is red. but what is not to like about these. very cool indeed! #10471045

Elaine Hessler 12/19/2012 5:50:44 PM

Very neat! I can't believe how sharp this is. How many tries did it take and would you mind telling us how you did this? You have so many tricks up your sleeve... #10471303

Dale Hardin 12/19/2012 6:02:29 PM

Jeff, you need to learn not to drop things. :o) #10471324

Jeff E Jensen 12/19/2012 7:04:24 PM

Thanks, everyone. It's winter, so it's time to move inside for some high speed stuff again. We figured that smashing some ornaments was appropriate.

So, I'll add the shooting data to the image so that you can see what the settings were. But, here's the basics: This was sot with a 10 second shutter in a completely dark room (my garage). We had two speedlights set up with an audio trigger (you were right, Chris) set to fire them when the ornaments collided. The trick was keeping everything lined up so that focus was maintained. We found a cardboard tube that fit the ornaments and suspended it from a couple of light stands. The lower ornaments were held in place with a bit of hot glue and we used a sheet of black glass to give us the reflection. The first few drops, the ornament actually bounced off and then shattered when it hit the floor. So, we filled them about half way with water and it worked like a charm. We purposely positioned the lower ornament with the stem facing up so that the impact would shatter the dropping ornament. We could usually get two drops out of each of the lower ornaments. It was a whole bunch of fun and made a giant mess. Can't wait to do it again! #10471463

Elaine Hessler 12/19/2012 7:11:19 PM

That is unbelieveable! So was this a whole day project? You make it sound very easy. Another question, what else can you use an audio trigger for? I didn't know these things existed... #10471468

Kristin Duff 12/19/2012 9:06:57 PM

You must have been a lot of fun in the sand box! You would have driven my mother crazy but I would have loved it! #10471546

Jeff E Jensen 12/19/2012 9:28:10 PM

That's funny, Kristin!

Elaine - This was a few hours on a Saturday night. The audio trigger can be used for most anything that makes noise. We've used it for popping balloons, and breaking stuff. We've also used it for blowing stuff up with fire crackers. (That was next on our list but we ran out of time)

Here's a couple more from Saturday. #10471558

Elaine Hessler 12/20/2012 4:31:16 AM

That sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks! #10471851

Rita K. Connell 12/20/2012 6:54:41 AM

Oh I love the red ones better... both is awesome. #10472093

Jeff E Jensen 12/20/2012 9:26:31 PM

Thanks, ladies! #10473012

Beth Spencer 12/21/2012 4:44:56 PM

These are so Impressive!! They all look awesome and it sounds like a blast - breaking stuff on purpose instead of by accident. #10474259

lisa anderson 12/21/2012 11:33:32 PM

Wow! What a fun thing to do! I love it! When you say 'we', was your son included in this? Wouldn't that be a great family Christmas tradition...Decorate the tree and then some artistic destruction :) #10474570

Peter W. Marks 12/22/2012 5:23:07 AM

Ah Jeff! I think Kristin has your early childhood fully evaluated! I am happy you never grew up. I am waiting impatiently for you to aquire one of those super-micro pinhead sized cameras that you can insert in your own brain so that we might share what goes on in there!
Loving it Friend, but I still think you are weird. #10474761

Kristin Duff 12/22/2012 5:27:31 AM

He's not weird Peter, he's a ball breaker...there's a big difference! #10474769

Teresa H. Hunt 12/22/2012 3:30:06 PM

These are fantastic Jeff!! I'd love to play with you and your photo friends sometime. :)

I also think one of these would look great on my wall when I start decorating for Christmas again. LOL! #10475394

Debbra Bailey 12/28/2012 7:36:38 PM

Super cool as usual Jeff! Love the ideas you come up with!! #10485783

Robert Jensen 12/30/2012 2:26:16 PM

superb Jeff #10489969

Jeff E Jensen 12/30/2012 6:43:41 PM

Thanks, everyone! #10490331

Susan M. Smith 1/23/2013 7:56:50 PM

One of my picks for you Jeff! So original and clever! Congrats on the Finalist! #10530745

Carla Capra 1/23/2013 7:57:25 PM

Congrats, very cool. #10530748

Dale Hardin 1/23/2013 8:03:08 PM

I would have been very surprised had this not rec'd a finalist. You're the man. #10530785

The Judges at 1/24/2013 6:41:58 AM

Wow! #10532469

Beth Spencer 1/24/2013 4:38:59 PM

Way to go. Congratulations!! #10534686

Debbra Bailey 1/24/2013 6:56:21 PM

Congrats! Very cool! #10535293

Teresa H. Hunt 1/27/2013 4:48:48 PM

Congratulations Jeff!! :) #10540386

Usman M. Bajwa 1/27/2013 8:38:36 PM

Nicely done, Jeff. CONGRATZ on the terrific Gold Winner!!!!

UB. #10540933

Jeff E Jensen 1/27/2013 8:52:50 PM

Thanks, everyone!

Special thanks to the judges for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it! #10540967

Nikki McDonald 1/28/2013 8:30:42 AM

Congratulations on the dramatic win, Jeff. #10542037

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 1/28/2013 9:09:47 AM

Congratulations on your win Jeff! #10542173

Dale Hardin 1/28/2013 9:21:15 AM

and it's a winner!!!! All right! #10542208

Michelle Alton 1/28/2013 11:42:12 AM

This is now the Second Image I've seen that should have shared the GP at LEAST! Huge congratulations, Jeff. #10542521

Beth Spencer 1/28/2013 6:44:32 PM

Congratulations!!! #10543188

Kristin Duff 1/29/2013 1:38:54 PM

Congratulations Jeff! #10544492

Jeff E Jensen 1/29/2013 2:10:26 PM

Thanks everyone! #10544510

Renee Doyle 1/29/2013 3:16:35 PM

Like Chris B said - impressive!! BIG congrats on this exceptional capture and winner Jeff! And also many thanks for taking the time out to share all your tricks of the trade :) #10544604

Cindy Bendush 1/29/2013 3:42:25 PM

Amazing and very creative Jeff! Huge congratulations on your exceptional gold win! #10544663

Christopher Budny 1/29/2013 5:53:42 PM

Congratulations, Jeff, on this great action winner! #10544856

Michael Kelly 1/29/2013 7:53:42 PM

I echo the judges - wow. A wonderful shot with lots of gorgeous light and great clarity. #10545106

Jeff E Jensen 1/29/2013 10:18:47 PM

Thanks everyone! #10545200

Merna L. Nobile 2/7/2013 12:08:31 PM

Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!

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10 Sec - f/9 - ISO 800 - 148mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon ef 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 148.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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