A TRICK OF THE MIND? – UDO KIESLICH
We have this photograph hanging up on the wall at the College and I often get asked by our students “how was this shot taken – the water must have been added with Photoshop…” Nope, no Photoshop here except to clone out the odd fingerprint on the tap. This set up was photographed on one of the lessons on the Studio Photography Course.
I took this shot to demonstrate how to go about lighting reflective surfaces such as silver, which often cause problems because everything in the studio is reflected in the subject. The tap was illuminated with a single softbox which was further diffused by using 3 or 4 layers of parachute material in front of the softbox. Then a white piece of paper was used to reflect light back onto the tap.
The most difficult part of this shot was the actual set up, which makes a lot more sense when the photograph is turned the “right” way around – ie this is how it was photographed. In actual fact the tap and the vase were upside down. They were both clamped to telepoles and black cloth was used as a background. A hosepipe was connected to the tap and when it was turned on, the water naturally fell downwards (that whole gravity thing).
The most difficult part was timing the shot so that I captured the beginning of the water stream, which took a good few hours to get right and the studio was pretty drenched afterwards! Because flash is such a quick burst of light it acts as the shutter speed, freezing the water mid-air. Once the shot is printed all I need to do is turn it “upside down” and voila 🙂