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Midnight Cocktail by billyboy

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6280 views, 114 faves, 18 features – March 2013

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I actually shot a pellet through the glass, in front of a black paper background, with the camera on timer mode. A home-made switch made with 2 sheets of metal foil triggered the flash when the pellet hit it through the glass, and so the action was frozen. Destroyed 3 glasses to make sure I got at least one good picture, and spent an hour cleaning up the kitchen.

Here’s the original shot…

The lightning, from a thunderstorm taken out the bedroom window, was added with Photoshop as was the flashpoint above the pepper.

Both the lightning and exploding glass were shot on Fuji Reala print film on a Canon EOS-100 with 24-80 USM lens. The downside of which being that I had no way of knowing how either image would come out until I had the reel developed.
I guess that was one of the reasons why working with film was so exciting at the time… now days we see the result as fast as it shows up on the display. And we maybe don`t waste so many glasses !!

The negatives were scanned to digital on a Canon FS-2710 film scanner and processed in PS6.

Thanx for looking!


  • Bernd
    Berndover 7 years ago

    Brilliant! You must be very happy with the end result which is awesome.

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Bernd for commenting on this one. It took a lot of time to set up and quite a mess to clear so it`s nice to get some positive feedback. Thanks for putting it in your favs!

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 7 years ago


  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Many thanks Mel! It’s bedtime in Brussels now… 2 of your shots came up at random and blew me away, so I’m off to your gallery tomorrow after work as I’m sure there’s lots more treasure. L8R,BB

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 7 years ago

    Thanks billyboy, hope you can find something you like….lol!

    You’ll find my work is usually undisciplined and messy compared to this fine art of yours……but sometimes I fluke it.

    I sometimes also use really cheap lenses, and they can add a bit of extra interest….just not sharpness….anyway ….enjoy!

  • Rose Moxon
    Rose Moxonover 7 years ago

    awesome work! creative, original.

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Many thanks, Rose for the encouragement! Can’t wait for more of your Collectors series!

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Mel, I just got back from your gallery and I am amazed by the quality and imagination there. What I like most about your work is that you are first and foremost a photographer and so you know how to bring out the best of any subject—I can see how much thought goes into each shot. Your post processing is also excellent and you use it to supplement your photographic skills rather than hide them. I’ll look forward to seeing more from you! BB

  • Empress
    Empressover 7 years ago

    Wow, guaranteed to bemuse the brain and I love knowing how you did it but what was the inspiration? Can you pinpoint that or is it just one of those things?

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Empress for commenting. The inspiration came from the glass I found in a shop and what an amazing color it was (see Before Midnight in my gallery), plus the fact I was mesmerized by the idea of capturing the smashing of a water-filled glass with a pellet on film. The lightning, lemon and pepper were afterthoughts. But let’s face it—if I was totally of sound mind, it never would have happened!

    Cheers, BB

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