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Monito: We were out there for over an hour before it got too dark - looks like I shot ~120 frames ... so while a number of those were a "swing and a miss", you get the timing down but still need some luck to get an especially good shot. It's (obviously) real similar to shooting (real) baseball as seen in examples here and here.
MLucca: on destroying iPhones. I've seen those videos and don't think much of destroying perfectly good gear just to do it.
BluesWest: I had Cataract Surgery a year ago, so yea, try to be safety conscious, especially when it comes to eyes.
David: I appreciate the compliment - ditto from others. I actually did NOT have a UV filter on the 70-200/2.8 ... but it was about 60 feet away ... although apple remnants did up that far away! The nearby 580EX flash got a little bit of "shrapnel" on it, but nothing major.
goneballistic: Go out and give it a try. As we all know, the great thing about digital is you can shoot a bazillion frames and it doesn't cost you anything like film - I'm a fan of the percentage method! Once you get it setup/exposing correctly (I was shooting manual and had a "home plate" where the batter stood), you just fire away. Note that due to flash recycle times, you are only getting one shot per swing. If you take out the "swing & misses", there were a lot of good images to choose from.
on being Conan's stunt double! ;-)
P.S. I might add that we mostly used "damaged" apples ... since we sorted 'em and put the unbruised ones are in bags that are currently in my kitchen that we are eating our way through. Note also that we have coyotes (and rabbits) in our area, so I'm sure they appreciated cleaning up my backyard!