Playing with water: THE SILVER ANGEL !

Hi there!

That is just a Teaser :-]  before our 2-Day ! MILK WORKSHOP in London on 25 and 26 June 2011.

THE SILVER ANGEL       [Click Image to Enlarge]


A different technique this time – Water Illustration … but if you think that shooting / throwing water is easier than MILK, you might be surprise! :-]

The Water Dress

We had a lot of fun durring the shoot! And I was waiting with that concept for a while. Mainly because pouring the Milk on someone and throwing a Water is a different kind of animal.

I knew that I want a massive wings for the The Silver Angel concept, and that we will be throwing the liquid very fast, very high, and very far.

For the Milk concepts we used several different brands of studio lights – and if you know how to throw the Milk you can get away with avarage flash duration.
But we experienced a few problems with Bowens, Elinchrom, and Alien Bees – and funny enough it was exactly same problem every time. Freezing the fast moving liquid and the “long tail” of light.

I am not going to make a comparison test here or enything close to that – you can easly google those information on T1 and T5 times.

The conclusion was that even if we knew how to find a way around that issue with Milk – we knew that we will not get a way with Water!
So we had to choose something really fast – and literally there is not many options on the market – especially at the price point we were looking for.

We switched to a completely new system and after few tests we went for Paul C. Buff’s – EINSTEINS V2

We did quite a few shoots with them already and I am really impressed – this is a first light when I am working with, I really feel that I am in total control! And I am a “manual” type of guy!
I was working with Rangers  for a while now – and you need to love the build quality – but I didn’t like the cryptic 7 step power scale at all… now all my Elinchrom modifires are equiped with custom Eli > Balcar (Alien Bees/Einstein) speedring ;-]

The Einsteins have absolutely unique control panel and they can go down from 640WS up to 2,5WS with a mind blowing flash duration 1/13,500 of a second (t.1)!  Sweet!
If you are interested – for more details you will need to go to Paul C Buff website, but when I am telling you that this baby is “sharp”, believe me – it is!

[Click Image to Enlarge]


Thanks for checking!
Jaroslav @ Aurum Light Team

P.S.  We have only three places left for the Milk Workshop!

See you there!



  1. ken
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 16:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Great job w/ that…so are you saying Rangers w/ the Action head were *not* fast enough for this?

    And did you have to run in a pitch black room to get 2.5WS to work w/ the Einsteins? Or did you run with a different power level than the minimal?

  2. Posted June 3, 2011 at 15:24 | Permalink | Reply

    Einsein and the IGBT flashtube control systems is a different animal than most of lights on the market.

    Yes, Elinchrom Ranger wasn’t fast enough, all non-IGBT systems even fast like Profoto 7 still can’t stop action as sharply because there is still a ghost trail visible beyond the t.1 time. Especially like in high contrast case above – water against black background.

    The total shut off of Einsteins IGBTs leaves nothing after the t.1 time.

    And yes, we did cut off all the ambient light in the studio.

    Thanks for comment!

  3. Posted June 17, 2011 at 19:05 | Permalink | Reply

    truly gorgeous, brilliant work!

  4. Lacu
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 09:09 | Permalink | Reply

    Oh gosh! Your photos are so beautyful and different. I love it!

  5. Posted October 24, 2011 at 18:19 | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely incredible work!

  6. Posted October 25, 2011 at 04:27 | Permalink | Reply

    truly inspiring!!

  7. Posted October 25, 2011 at 07:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome work. Like how you turn a simple idea and make it your own. Very nice. Hopefully I can get a spot in the workshop when you come to Australia, mate.

  8. Posted October 25, 2011 at 07:19 | Permalink | Reply

    What about mixing vanilla milk with chocolate milk. Just food for thought.

  9. Posted October 25, 2011 at 14:22 | Permalink | Reply


  10. Posted October 26, 2011 at 01:49 | Permalink | Reply

    Holy Cow !!!!

  11. Posted October 27, 2011 at 15:31 | Permalink | Reply

    Are any of the water splash shots done with the model in the scene, or are they all done in post? Specifically, are the shots where the splashes are in front of the model taken with her in the scene, or composited after-the-fact in Photoshop?

    Outstanding and inspiring image…thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Posted November 1, 2011 at 16:15 | Permalink | Reply

    Truly inspiring work, keep them on coming!

  13. Posted January 18, 2012 at 20:03 | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely jaw-dropping images. Well done.

  14. Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:11 | Permalink | Reply

    @ Istvan Kadar, Lacu, John Brisbane, ideas_r_bulletproof, MB Reflections, jthaney, James, Vlastimil Blaha – Many thanks for your comments!

    @ Jason McClure – It was great pleasure to meet you in Sydney!
    Keep up great work!

    @ Stephen – Yes, they were taken with the Model in front of camera and the water splashes were actually on her body.


  15. Michael Nakamura
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 19:09 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m interested in your LA workshop. How do I learn more about it?

  16. Posted May 24, 2012 at 22:15 | Permalink | Reply


    This is truly brilliant work – saw your first images in a ProPhoto – totally love it! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Gwen Rusnell
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 03:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Saw this picture in Photobucket magazine! It simply amazed me!! This is awesome! I love the way you captured the flow of the water around your model!

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