04 — Oh Shit

I had a different plan for this weeks photo but it didn’t work out. I guess that’s part of the beauty of this project, you have time to do something right.

Spadge & I had a great time throwing coffee around the kitchen to get this shot… I should probably go and clean it all up but we’re re-watching Lost & it’s at that really good bit in season 3 when The Others capture Kate, Jack & Sawyer. The coffee & the cup are actually from separate shots and this final image is a composite. It took a few attempts to get the timing right for the motion, but once we settled into a rhythm we nailed it. Hope you like it.

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Oh Shit - Oh Shit Photographed by Rick Nunn
Oh Shit - Oh Shit Setup Photographed by Rick Nunn

Totally ripped out half my kitchen worktop to make the space for this setup. You're welcome

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Oh Shit


  • Camera: Canon 5D MkII
  • Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4
  • Flashes: Canon 580ex & 2 x 430ex
  • Accessories: 3 light stands, 3 light brackets, 1 umbrella, a tripod & an ST-E2 IR trigger

Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/800th
  • Aperture: F/7.1
  • ISO: 640

Seems that even 1/800th isn’t quite fast enough to freeze the coffee perfectly, the next one will have to be even faster! 

On Flickr? I’ve uploaded the super high resolution shot there if you wanna look.