The falling tea cup, 35-200mm lens: A similar technique to the shattered egg shot was used but to save breaking numerous cups and saucers the photographers devised a relatively simple system.

The saucer was suspended while the cup was attached to the end of a rod which in turn was balanced on a fulcrum. When the free end of the rod was released the weight of the cup hurtled down, past the suspended saucer while the content of the cup exited, plume-like in its wake.

The falling rod cut the light beam activating the micro processor which fired the strobes.

Again this was done in total darkness, and against a black velvet background, so the only illumination was the short burst of light from the three Sunpak 611 strobes. The Tokina 35-200mm lens was set at f5.6 and Ektachrome 64 film was used.

Polaroid backs were put on a Mamiya RB67 camera so the photographers knew the results they were getting and were able to keep shooting until the client had a variety of choices.

The egg and the falling tea cup photographs have received wide publicity and, like other aspects of Brooks Institute's association with Tokina Optical, indicate both organizations will liaise on future projects.

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