The Project

Have fun with the kids and highspeed photography.

Water balloon meet pin
Highspeed fun
Missed me by that much.
Got It
Waterballoon meet pin part 2
Missed it
Take that balloon
Bigger balloon same result.
Pushed the pin a little too hard
New shape, still lots of fun

A friend of mine showed me a video, shot with a highspeed camera of a waterballoon being popped.

I thought I would give it a try with my Canon 30D.

I enlisted my kids to help out, which wasn't hard because it involved waterballoons. My older son hates it when the camera comes out and does not like his picture taken but he made an exception this time. The payment for helping was when the camera was put away, they could throw balloons at me.

They loved seeing the result after each try. As you can see, some shots are great others a split second off.

I set my camera to the high fps rate. Shutter at 1/2000 - 1/5000, counted down from three and with some luck got some suspended animation.

At one point, I got lucky and didn't get the pin in my hand. So much for trying a different angle.

The only shot I could not get was of the pin just entering the balloon (more balloon less water).

If you have some free time and want to get the kids off the couch, this little example taught them about the power of photography and gravity, plus we all had fun.

Moral of the story:

A safety pin is not safe around a waterballoon.

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7 responses

  • KPRJ

    KPRJ (Deleted) gave props (5 Oct 2008):

    Awesome! Very fun and creative. Awesome timing

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2008):

    Love it, voted :]

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (12 Mar 2009):

    Great story, thank you

  • Christina Atik

    Christina Atik gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    amazing!!! i love it

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (12 Sep 2009):

    I have done this with my grands and they had a blast! They were the pin holders.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Joel Cuenca

    Joel Cuenca said (10 Nov 2010):

    need to try it..!!

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