This elegant vase was acquired during a trip to the ancient city of Malacca.
I was riveted by its graceful and smooth torso. It would undoubtedly help to
make wonderful photos I told myself. So I bought it.|
At last after a
straight and not so successful shot, I finally came up with another idea of
showcasing this beautiful vase. Here is how I did it. First I pushed the
vase then I ran back to the camera and press the shutter! That's how I did
it! Convince? :-) Naaaaah... only Superman or Neo in Matrix is able to
achieve that kind of speed and impossible reflexes!
I can only call on my neighbor's kid for assistance. I told him that he
has to push the vase swiftly such that the water in the vase would fly out
creating a wonderful splash. He blinks, but nodded. I painted the background
with spray and hung it up nicely. Then I position an off camera flash at the
back of the vase about 45 degree. The idea is to get the speed I wanted and
also to provide a very subtle backlit for the flash. I set up the vase on
the table which was covered by another piece of cloth that I painted. I then
fill up the vase with water which was dyed earlier. Everything is set, on
the count of three, I asked the boy to push and let the vase tumble. After 6
shots, I successfully got this one.
This image was chosen as the front cover of "Advanced Images" on their
November-December 2007 issue.