Freed from a suspended balloon a fraction of a second earlier, water maintains a balloon-like shape for a fraction more—long enough for Serge Raymond to capture the moment in a picture featured in National Geographic's Daily Dozen in June.
After three days in his Waterloo, Canada, basement, he hit on a winning formula: black backdrop, fast shutter speed, six spotlights, and a needle on his model's thumb.
"I'd never seen a picture like this," said Raymond, who submitted the photo as part of his final exam for a photography course. Neither, apparently, had his instructors. "I received my exam results on February," he recalled. "One hundred percent!"
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