Wham-O SuperBall with Red & Green Lasers [Description]

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Photo Info
UploadedOctober 13, 2008
TakenOctober 13, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D700
Exposure30 sec at f/36
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
ISO200
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One more photo in my Laser Series (No PhotoShop!)

How I did it:

I positioned two Black & Decker Level Lasers, facing each other, on either side of the Wham-O SuperBall. Since the Laser Levels project vertical & horizontal laser lines, it follows the contour of the SuperBall to create a red circle of laser light (Iris). I aimed a green laser, using a Helping Hand (the kind used in soldering small electronics etc.) at the center of the SuperBall to create bright green spot (Pupil). During the long exposure I manually fired a Nikon SB800 Flash, once in front about 3 feet from the ball and once from behind the ball about a foot away.

Shot Details:

Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/36
Shutter speed: 30 sec
Nikon SD-800 @ Full power

Resources:
Wham-O SuperBall (Black)
http://www.whamo.com/default.cfm?page=ViewProducts&ProductID=143&Category=9

Black & Decker Level Laser
http://www.blackanddecker.com/ProductGuide/Product-Details.aspx?ProductID=10968

Alpec Green Laser Pointer
http://www.alpec.com/Alpec-Sotonic-Green-Laser-Pointer-p/5608.htm

Helping Hand
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2104639&cp=&sr=1&kw=tools&origkw=tools&pg=4&parentPage=search

7 responses

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (14 Oct 2008):

    Keep this up, Joe, and you'll be shooting special effects for Hollywood! Your captions are VERY complete-- educational and entertaining! Well done, once again!

  • Ahmed Roberson

    Ahmed Roberson gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    I'm with Rob on this one! Very unique, and VERY creative!!!

  • tawshia smith

    tawshia smith gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    this is sweet! good job!

  • Ian Beer

    Ian Beer gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    great idea and capture!

  • Matt Waldron

    Matt Waldron said (4 Oct 2009):

    Thanks for the detailed explanation, otherwise I'd have no idea what was going on in this picture. Great idea!

  • John Buffett

    John Buffett said (25 Jun 2011):

    Really cool.
    Do more of these please.

    50 years ago I threw my Wham-O Super ball down as hard as I could onto a paved road.
    I never found it !
    I'm still waiting for it to come back down.
    :-)

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    OUTSTANDING!!!!

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