6 Years Old Takes Stunning Popping Balloons Photos

Jul 17, 2015

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6 Years Old Takes Stunning Popping Balloons Photos

Jul 17, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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How old were you when you took your first stunner shot? Photographer Aiden Barger is 6, and is already with a few good photos behind him.

Ok, so Aiden is getting a little bit of help and guidance from his dad, Eric, who is a civil engineer. But at the end it is Aiden’s ideas and curiosity that make the magic happen.

There is a very technical side to shooting balloons burst (either with a Nerf gun, as the team started, or a pellet gun as they do now) and the process has a repeating aspect to it. This combination, along with a constant setup which uses a Triggertrap as the high speed aspect of the setup, releases Aiden to come up with creative ideas.

Eric tells triggerrap a little bit about the process, where Aiden plays an important role:

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A typical balloon burst photo session lasts no more than one hour. We use one camera and a 70-200 IS 2.8 II Canon lens to keep us at a safe distance from the water and pellet. Previously, we used the kit lens with the Canon T5; however, water splashing up on the camera becomes an issue after you burst ten or so balloons.

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I set up the camera on the tripod. While I am hanging the first balloon, Aiden will aim and focus the camera. I then place the flashes around the balloon and have Aiden take a few test shots to be sure we have eliminated any flaring from the photo. Once that is done, I take my place with my iPhone, Triggertrap app, and flash trigger at the end of my pellet gun. We both wear eye protection and have protection to stand behind. After I have my aim on the balloon, I will say ‘lights’ and Aiden will turn the lights off. I will call for the ‘camera’ and Aiden will work the remote and I will shoot when I hear the camera shutter open.

After each balloon photo, we both review the photo and decide if we should tweak the setup, add more balloons, or adjust the timing in the Triggertrap app. Aiden has a good feel for moving the timing a millisecond up or down. When we have it dialed in, we leave it alone and just shoot balloon after balloon and just concentrate on having a great time. We generally shoot 15 to 20 balloons per session

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I think that this is a great way to have kids gain interest in photography, what kid will say no to shooting water-filled balloons and taking their pictures?

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16ms was too much
16ms was too much

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Aiden does not dream of becoming a photographer though, when asked if he wants to be a photographer when he grew up he replied:

No. I love photography but I want to be a ‘scien-test’ more. I enjoy studying volcanoes, rocks, heat, space, and the Earth’s core. I want to run experiments when I get older

If you are interested in seeing more, you can visit this album which features the best shots from Eric and Aiden. Photos are (c) Eric & Aiden Barger.

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10 responses to “6 Years Old Takes Stunning Popping Balloons Photos”

    1. Rick Avatar
      Rick

      Those are from an entirely different person.

    2. John Avatar
      John

      Except that is high speed videography and carries a heftier price tag that a normal family wouldn’t be able to afford. Still nice imagery though.

  1. Pete Bosch Avatar
    Pete Bosch

    “A little” help from his dad. I bet Aiden will “win” all of his Pinewood Derby races, too. I think this should read “Civil Engineer sets up Balloon Pop photo.”

  2. John James Avatar
    John James

    rubish

  3. Teresa Breeding Avatar
    Teresa Breeding

    Oh my…. so many jealous people on here! The article clearly states that dad was very involved. The pictures are really cool but even better than that is the passion and time shared between father and son. That alone is a wonderful thing.

    1. hereatpsu Avatar
      hereatpsu

      No one is being jealous. But the headline is a little clickbaity. The pics are amazing and if they had just used a headline with the phrase “6 yr olds curiosity prompts amazing photos” that would be still compelling and apt.

  4. John Avatar
    John

    Pretty awful comments. I imagine this child and his dad are reading these along with their family. Both this article and the TriggerTrap article make it clear the child has help but it also makes clear that the dad is teaching the child about photography. The kid is working the TriggerTrap app and gaining an interest into a hobby that has been overtaken with mobile phones as cameras. I don’t believe anyone is misleading anyone here.

  5. Fred Smith Avatar
    Fred Smith

    The dad taught the kid about physics, math, safety, timing, lighting, photography, etc. Dad and his kid had a great time (what is really important), and some of you guys are complaining about that?

    1. hereatpsu Avatar
      hereatpsu

      I think people are complaining about the hyperbolic headline..