A happ y acc ident
The reason for shooting this in total darkness is to light the action purely with the flash. Any ambient light falling on the objects could result in motion blur, spoiling that pin-sharp clarity. However, here we didn’t take into account the little red LED light on the wireless remote trigger that we used to begin the long exposure. It’s what’s causing the streak of red at the top of the splash of water. In this case it added to the effect – a happy accident – but this was pure luck. It shows how important it is to take the shot in complete darkness. Any ambient light will be added to the flash light and show up in the final image.