Capturing the image of fruits being dropped into a water-filled glass container is the most simple HSP shoot. You’ll just need to manually trigger the flash (or camera) exactly when the fruits plunges into the water. No special HSP triggers needed.

The captured shots, for me, are more exciting to look at compared to the typical Still Life fruits. The different form of water splashes produced adds drama and action to the image.

 Here are some of my first few tries:

Kalamansi Drop
November 8, 2010
ISO 200, f/11 @ 117mm
manual open-flash technique
YongNuo YN460-II flash 1/64 power @ 8 o’clock
Sigma EF530 DG Super flash 1/128 power @ 4 o’clock

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Orange Splash
June 20, 2011
ISO 200, f/16 @ 70mm
manual open-flash technique
YongNuo YN460-II flash 1/32 power @ 8 o’clock
Sigma EF530 DG Super flash 1/64 power @ 4 o’clock

Apple Splash
June 20, 2011
ISO 200, f/16 @ 70mm
manual open-flash technique
YongNuo YN460-II flash 1/32 power @ 8 o’clock
Sigma EF530 DG Super flash 1/64 power @ 4 o’clock


I had some challenges on the white background set-up. First bump are those tiny white dots on the main subject. I figured that those are drops of water in front of the glass container. When lit by the flash, those drops of water shines like stars and can ruin the image.  So, lesson learned is to remove those specks of water drops before every shot. Second is  I had a hard time getting the pure white BG. Next time, I need a separate flash and direct it to the BG to produce white, shadow less BG.

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