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    Posted: 05 Feb 2017 at 11:54am
Heya all,

I'm wanting to give this ago later on this year but I have a couple of questions in regards to it 1. Will 4 high powered speedlites at say 1/16th power be effective enough to freeze the powder ? 2. How would something like this be done ? I'm thinking of a balloon either on the outside lightly covered or inside of it but it looks like is coming from a smallish area.

I got this image off my desktop as its my background on my second screen.

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G'day Simon,

Which speedlites will you be using, as there may be info on the web regarding the flash duration at that power setting.

Analyzing the photo, there appears to be more than just a light coating of powder as there appears to be some solid chunks of powder heading towards the camera. The colours in the burst is Blue, Yellow, Green, maybe white or grey.

To me the setup appears to be more than just one balloon as the powder appears to be quite thick. How I would think of doing a setup like this would be to use some PVC tube with smallish outlets facing all directions and then using a blast of compressed air to launch the powder in all directions. Another way (more dangerous and probably illegal and deafening) would be to use something like fireworks.

Compressed air would be the safest way to do this and would probably give the best effect. Also a matter of trail and error. Might want to use something like a scub tank and give the air a bit of a blip.

On the net you see alot of people just throwing the coloured flower (holi powder) with shovels or by hand etc.

Thought that just came to mind would be to use a shower rose or a garden sprinkler connected to compressed air.

Hope it helps.


Another thought occurred is to use coloured talcum powder.

Edited by horizon - 06 Feb 2017 at 12:19am
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