National Geographic Science Cover

Excited to share our new cover for National Geographic SCIENCE magazine. Huge thank you to TJ Tucker for asking us to contribute.

While we are no strangers to a Photoshop composite, Nat Geo has a strict rule that the images must be captured in camera, no compositing. To achieve this cover we held the perfectly unblemished lollypop, which Nicki Longoria visited every candy store in town to find, a couple inches over a black bass drum head covered with blue sanding sugar. A sound trigger was used to perfectly time the milliseconds after impact to make the strobes fire while the shutter was held open and voila, flying sugar impact awesomeness!  After dialing in the timing, we took capture after capture till the sugar flew the way we wanted.