Crime Scene or Art?: High Speed Paint Splash Behind the Scenes

For my Project Seminar II class at SCAD Atlanta, I wanted to continue pursuing my interest of high speed liquid splash photography. I was inspired by the London based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz and his high speed milk splash dresses as well as his liquid superhero paint outfits. This is my first attempt at anything like this so instead of making outfits out of the liquid, I just splashed paint on female models. The outcome was really spectacular but the process was even better and so much fun. It really looked like a crime scene and everyone told me it looked like an episode straight out of Dexter. 

First thing I had to do was splash proof the entire studio and all the equipment.

For the lighting, I used 3 of the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 strobe lights. These are fast flash duration lights that could capture the high speed splash without any motion blur. I used 2 strip boxes on either side of the model as the key and a beauty dish above and in front as a fill. I controlled everything with Paul C. Buff's Cyber Commander and triggers. This was a combination of 3 different shoots. The more times I did it, the better I got at the process and technique and it was definitely a great learning experience. I had some really great assistants throughout the entire process and they were all real troopers.

I worked with two different makeup artists on this project. The first was Chrissy Tina Makeup  and then I worked with Michelle Daniel. Both did phenomenal work and I can't wait to work with them again.

Danielle Gardner Photography

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