There's a truly monstrous camera at the "Churchill's Scientists" exhibition at London's Science Museum right now. The C4 Rotating Mirror High Speed Camera was developed at the end of World War II to study explosive reactions.
When the Nikon D200 came out in 2005, it was a big hit. (At the time, Gizmodo said it was "pretty rawkin.") But would you believe that a decade-old camera design could handle ultra high speed photography, like the amazing bullet-blasted peanut butter cup shot above? Turns out, a well designed workflow is all it takes.
Using a slight variation on the famous high-speed camera set-up by Doc Edgerton, the Edgerton Center at MIT shot a .22 caliber rifle through three peanut butter cups and captured this perfect image. Three peanut butter cups were harmed in the photographing of this photograph. [MIT]
Talk about an ethereal subject. Pure smoke is about as intangible and unpredictable as anything you could think of putting in front of your camera. These beautifully frozen images were the result of literally thousands of attempts by photographer Thomas Herbrich.
Herra Kuulapaa loves to take high-speed photos of firing guns, moved by a desire to see the unseen. His precise technique turns violent explosions into delicate spirals of flames and smoke. Here are a few examples.
This is not my first attempt at making a blown glass sculpture, although I'm pretty sure the results of that hypothetical endeavor would look pretty much the same. It's actually a bubble within a bubble, captured by high speed photography.
A human's blink lasts 300-400 milliseconds. The photos you'll take for this week's Shooting Challenge are way faster than that. A single millisecond.
Thanks to high-speed photography, Edward Horsford's pin-pricking of balloons have been caught in a dazzling series of photos. He shoots at night, by himself, using a Nikon D200 and a lot of water balloons.
Click to viewFor the last several years, four professors from prestigious institutions have been looking for the answer to a simple question: how does a cat drink? This high-speed footage helped them figure it out.
For some reason I expected a bit more explosion (thanks, Hollywood!), but these high speed photography shots capture the fantastic moment when a bullet passes through a drop of water, slicing it in half with a bit of a splash.
What do you do if you are a retired electronic and mechanical engineer with 41 years of experience, and a passion for ultra-high speed photography? Like Fotoopa, you make your own kick ass laser rig to take these cool photos: