High Speed Photos of Bullets Through Water Drops

© Alexander Augusteijn

© Alexander Augusteijn

Shooting pictures of bullets through targets like water balloon and fruits is hard enough. What if the target itself is moving or instantaneous? Dutch photographer Alexander Augusteijn does precisely that. Using a device he built himself, Augusteijn takes pictures of bullets slicing through drops of water.

“I use a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations,” said Alexander Augusteijn. “The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other device is used.”

“These kind of images require a lot of experimentation, dedication, patience and willingness to endlessly clean spill of liquids and debris from objects shot to pieces. Several hundreds of trial shots may be needed to get timing correct. After that, the process is pretty well controlled, and often half of the shots will be usable, with 1 out of 10 really interesting.”

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