As I mentioned in this episode, the idea for splashing a ballerina with milk was inspired by an image of a woman that I had seen splashed with water several years ago. That image inspired me to then create a series of images of my own related to swimming.

SPECS  f/11, 1/200 second exposure, ISO 320, 38mm lens

What I came to love about the idea of using milk was the stark contrast of the white milk against the black backdrop. We started by getting a large studio warehouse to shoot in and hung a 30' x 40' black tarp to contain all of the milk. The tarp was cleaned off to prevent the milk from becoming dirty and discolored. A brand new wet vac was purchased for the same purpose of keeping the milk clean and white.
When a photographic strobe light fires, the duration of light falling on the subject is typically too long to get an extremely sharp image of fast-moving liquid. Therefore, for this photoshoot, I used Paul C Buff's "Einstein" lights. These fantastic lights were set to 'action' mode to reduce the flash duration to roughly 1/13,000 of a second. The downside to setting the lights to this mode is that sometimes there can be a color shift. But that can always be compensated for either in-camera via white balance or through adjustments in post production.
I reduced the ambient lighting within the studio and set the shutter speed to 1/200 of a second to minimize any potential motion blur of the milk. The aperture was set to f/11 to maximize depth of field and the ISO was set to 50 for every image.
Two very large softbozes oriented vertically were used to light the scene. They were placed in opposite corners - one at the back and one at the front ("sandwich lighting", as I call it).
Aaron filled the bucket with homogenized milk and splashed our model Filipa several times over top of various parts of her body. With a quick trigger finger, I would try to time my pressing of the shutter release with the most dramatic moment of the milk hitting her body. After several splashes were thrown, Aaron would vaccuum the milk up and recycle it to go again. Only after we had "perfect" splashes over each part of her body would we move on. The individual splashes were later composited together in Photoshop to create the final image.

SPECS  f/11, 1/200 second exposure, ISO 50,  50mm lens

SPECS  f/11, 1/200 second exposure, ISO 50,  50mm lens

Many special thanks to our model, Filipa Vistica, for being such a trooper during a long and difficult day. Also many thanks to our extremely talented hair stylist Nicole Pidherny and makeup artist Cheri Chung. Every dedicated artist involved in this shoot made for an extremely enjoyable and rewarding day! Thank you for generously lending your talents to create an episode of 1 Stop Closer!