A “Ricochet Regurgitation” happens when you shoot a water balloon and it decides to throw the bullet back at ya!
Strange physics are at play here when a balloon skin fights against an oppressive force in a fight for dominance.

 

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This usually happens if the pellet has less force then is needed to go through he balloon’s latex.

 

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Sometimes the pellet gets through the first membrane without enough residual inertia to make it through the next side.

 

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Sometimes after the shoot, I don’t even know what happened. This looks like it went through, hit the back, then somehow flew back out.

 

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This shot looks like the balloon was only mildly annoyed, and shook off the shot, like some type of surface nuisance.

 

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Here the balloon became a top and as it spun and soaked everything in the room.

 

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This looks like a space habitat leaking oxygen… Houston, we have a problem!

 

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And of course a lot of the time the shot goes right through. Catching the shot before the balloon shreds and you just get a ball of water, is quite lucky.

 

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Lets pick a shot to run through the editing paces, making it a monument to the ages-old fight of balloon verses projectile…

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

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EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8
70mm
f/13
400 ISO

 

Lightroomed

 

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  • Lens corrections

 

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  • Exposure lowered
  • Highlights, shadows and whites raised
  • Blacks lowered

 

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  • Clarity, vibrance and saturation raised

 

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  • Cropped

 

Photoshopped

 

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  • Dodged the background to white

 

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  • Fixed up any debris and spots with clone and healing brush

 

 

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  • Curves adjustment

 

Ricochet Regurgitation

  • Hue/saturation adjustment

 

Well that went well, and a reminder to all to wear safety glasses when shooting at stuff that might just fight back!