Filming Atomic Blasts Requires This Massive, Complicated Camera

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. » 3/03/15 7:45pm 3/03/15 7:45pm

How MIT Scientists Took This Amazing Photo With a Regular Old DSLR

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. » 11/03/14 1:32pm 11/03/14 1:32pm

There's No Wrong Way to Shoot Candy With a High-Speed Camera

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] » 10/31/14 3:15pm 10/31/14 3:15pm

Photographing the Perfect Plume of Smoke Requires Thousands of Tries

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. » 9/02/14 4:37pm 9/02/14 4:37pm

High-speed photos turn violent gun explosions into delicate stills

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. » 3/03/14 9:55pm 3/03/14 9:55pm

These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal

Oil and water don't mix. It's an idiom that feels as old as time. But photographer Alberto Seveso found a way to get oil and ink to play nice, and the results are stunning. » 9/16/13 11:20am 9/16/13 11:20am

Yes, High Speed Photography Is Still Amazing

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. » 10/30/11 3:00pm 10/30/11 3:00pm

Shooting Challenge: 1/1000 of a Second

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. » 5/18/11 2:40pm 5/18/11 2:40pm

When the Pin Hits the Balloon

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. » 12/07/10 6:40am 12/07/10 6:40am

Scientists Discover How Cats Drink, After 4 Years of Research and…

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. » 11/12/10 10:40am 11/12/10 10:40am

What It Looks Like When a Bullet Slices Through a Water Droplet

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. » 9/01/10 8:40pm 9/01/10 8:40pm

Make Your Own Rig for Ultra-High Speed Photography

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: » 2/04/10 10:20am 2/04/10 10:20am

Discovery Channel's Time Warp: Slo-Mo Videos of Crazy Sh*t Go Primetime

Overheard in a recent Discovery Channel producer's meeting: "Hey—here's a crazy idea: you know how videos of things happening in slow motion tend to blow up the internet » 10/09/08 9:20am 10/09/08 9:20am? Let's make that into a . And in HD to boot. Face punches, raw chicken exploding, champagne blowing its top (the more the better!)—that kind of…

High-Speed Digital Imaging Shows Why Flies Outsmart You

Scientist at Caltech have discovered why oh why one of the most basic artifacts on earth, the looming swatter, fails against its winged nemesis, the fly. In fact, using high-resolution, high-speed digital imaging, they have found out what's the secret to the fly's 100 milliseconds evasive maneuvering. Which is why I… » 9/04/08 4:00pm 9/04/08 4:00pm