Water balloons and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. The ominous visual of a water balloon catapulting towards your face will send you fleeing for cover behind the nearest tree, but yet there is a small part of you equally excited to be engaged in an epic water balloon battle!
I spent many summers during my childhood slinging water balloons at my friends with great velocity, hoping to land the perfect shot. You know the shot I am referring to, the one that causes your friends shout "DAAAAAANG!!!" the minute it explodes upon your helpless victim's back.
A couple Sunday's ago, I spent a very entertaining afternoon with some close friends. In addition to the decadent barbecue and great company, everyone gathered for the main event, an epic water balloon fight. The battle included any individual able to launch a balloon, however, this was no typical water balloon fight. This epic battle included a colorful surprise...washable paint! That is right folks, these puppies were filled with water and tempera paint—the kind you used to finger paint with in preschool (see image below). My wife's friend, Angela, thought of the brilliant idea and even staged the battlefield. Now that is one cool mom!!!
All the children gathered around an arena outlined with a good old fashion garden hose. In the center of the arena was a vat of liquid bombs...ok, a small swimming pool filled with water balloons. Liquid bombs sounds waaaaay more interesting. 🙂 The children separated into two groups and glared across the battlefield at each other, carefully choosing their first victim. The children hear the war cry, and the young warriors disburse like a scene straight from the Hunger Games. Instead of stainless steal axes and hunting bows, the weapon of choice was much less life-threatening.
Balloons fly through the air vigorously and with great intent to decimate their victims upon impact. As you can see in the photo, the impact and collateral damage was a visual masterpiece, almost artistic. Not only did a successful hit award the aggressor with auditory satisfaction, but it also provided a colorful mark of domination. The children and adults had a blast that afternoon and their smiles and laughter were priceless.
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a fantastic group of friends. I want to personally thank Mark & Angela for hosting the festivities at their beautiful home and providing some crazy good food. I definitley plan on hosting my own paint filled water balloon fight, and I will call it Thunderdome!
I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Camera Settings and Edits
- Photograph name: Paint Balloon Fight
- Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
- Shutter Speed: 1/400
- Aperture: f/4.5
- ISO: 250
- Lens: 28-105mm L
- Focal Length: 105 mm
- Image Quality: RAW
- White Balance: Custom
- External Flash: N/A