[Pics] Fluid Sculptures (deconstruct these shots)

It's time to put our Fstopper monkeys to work yet again. That's right, I'm talking about you guys. A Milwaukee-based photographer (Jack Long) has spent a year perfecting his very own, 11 herbs and spices kinda recipe, for shooting liquids in suspension and claims the effect is not created by dropping liquid as seen in other splash photography. So, put your brains to work and tell us how you think he does it, in the comments below.

The Gear: Canon 1Ds MkII with a Canon 28-70 f2.8 lens at 50mm.

"I have been working for over a year with this unique, self discovered method of suspending liquids into the air and capturing them with short duration flash lighting. The shutter speed was set at 125, but because I was using high speed flash I just needed to trigger the lights while suppressing ambient light. I have used an infrared flash trigger at times but these are triggered more by eye and feel than with an electronic system."

via [TheTelegraph] [LaughingSquid]
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He's a decedent of Moses?

Looks like there is some sort of syringe in submerged in the beverage that shoots liquid up. 

well it´s the same cup and the fluid seams to came from below not upon the cup so im thinking in a perforated cup and a medical syringe with the liquid of your choice sealed with silicone and inyected trow the liquid on the cup and dependig on what  distance or depth in the cup will be the effect also the syringe diameter that´s my tougth 
Luis Luna

same thinking unimatrixZxero you win the post for seconds congrats i think the same who join us??

Seshan's picture

Maybe it's not really a liquid? some kind of epoxy resin, or it's frozen liquid(most likely not frozen), or there is some kind of structure that is being photoshoped out. 

Seshan's picture

Yeah, I started to think something is shooting the liquid out, There must be some photo shopping going on tho, I don't think you would be able to get such a clean surface from shooting out of the cup.

James's picture

Small, heavy and hollow objets thrown inside the cup...

Stick the cup and the spoon to a wooden surface...elevate up high and then drop (perhaps less than free fall speed?) and have the platform hit some kind of rubber stop at the bottom...have your camera set up on a tripod and with some careful timing and fast finger work...VOILA! You can capture these shots.

I think.

I would tend to agree that liquid is injected from below.  Even though there are two different spoons and the cup is rotated slightly differently in some of the shots, the cup remains in exactly the same location for all the shots.  This tells me it's a special rig set up from below the cup.

I would think these were created by dropping different objects into the liquid.

dripped hot oil into water and then edited out the steam

whats my prize?

Brendan Carlson's picture

This looks like the priduct "the Cake Boss" uses sometimes when he's making effect for his cakes, a hot sugar syrup poured over ice to cool it in all kinds of funky shapes.

Is he pulling something out of it attached to a string? Maybe?

A syringe and the water being shot upwards is an interesting idea, however the physics of that idea aren't supported by the liquid movement.  Particularly in the first large photo where the droplets at the bottom of the ball are curved outward... There is no cause for them to do that if the liquid was shot up and is then being brought down by gravity.

There has to be some container which was holding the liquid in place, is removed quickly and the resulting liquid fall is captured by triggering the flash immediately after the vessel is removed.  I am thinking the vessel is a balloon.

The photos where there is a "stream" could be caused by poking a small hole in the bottom of the balloon, and then popping the balloon.  Getting the liquid to cling to the balloon to create the thin "ball of liquid" would also not be too difficult with the right liquid.  I'm thinking nice thick olive oil would do the trick.

A few minutes in post processing removes any remnants of the balloon from the background or top of the photo, and presto, you have a really cool photo...

I just might try it to see if I'm right...

Toby's picture

He has more on his gallery - I am assuming it is the same guy.  I was thinking the dropped approach of the whole table - similar to What Edd said above.  Not positive and very curious.

Oooh and just found these which might support that hypothesis(to strong of a word) http://www.flickr.com/photos/longshotsphoto/5115186022/in/set-7215762523...

The Gallery is of other photographers images. Not all techniques are the same.

Those images are created completely different from the ones in forum discussion. IMO the "drop" would require some serious velocity.

Might be not h2o being shot up through the bottom of the cup, but a blast (puff) of air from a syringe?

It may be that Jack used a piezso vibration sensor or an acoustic sensor to trigger his camera and therefore set the strobes to fire in time.

it looks like wax!

That is what I think too!

Not wax

Can't be dropping the whole rig (camera as well) as that wouldn't selectively "splash" the middle as in the top left shot (proof being me just popping into bathroom & making a royal mess with a cup full of water!)

I think it could be a short but powerful jet of compressed air or similar from above...

 Hi, No photo composition, definitely in camera capture.

I'm thinking that it's a composite of two shots (cup and splash). The splash is the result of dropping something into the cup. Then enlarge the splash in PS and composite it with a nice shot of the cup.

He is pouring the liquid over an object (spoon) directly over the cup.  The spoon in coming in from the back so you can't see it. Then it flows over the spoon and voila you have the pic. One first large pic the spoon is right side up and the second large pic the spoon is upside down. As for the other pics not sure what he used.

I reckon you're right there mate...

Not a composite

I thought about a balloon as a possibility too, but I keep coming back to the liquids actually being static in these pictures (like the syrup poured over ice shapes).  To my eye, none of the airborne liquids seem to really match what is in the cups... I'm probably wrong, but now you've got $0.02 more than you had before :-)

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