Freezing a Fighter Jet in Mid-Air with 30,000 Watts of Flash

It can be hard to take a good picture of something moving relatively fast, but it's really hard to take a good picture of a jet moving at 400-ish MPH through the sky. Yuri Acurs, stock photographer extraordinaire, tried to tackle that challenge with excess—in the form of 30,000W of flash.

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The picture that Acurs managed to pull off is pretty impressive, but the setup was just beyond ludicrous. Worth it? Maybe. Stupid awesome nonetheless? Definitely.

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DISCUSSION

mikeisler
Mike

They don't have the flash duration to freeze it well as they're using old technology, the Profoto Pro-B3 packs. That pack's fastest flash duration is about 1/7700th of a second. The new technology pack, the Profoto B4 pack, has a fastest duration almost 3x faster... 1/25000th of a second.

Also, if you're not trying to show off flash duration (since they didn't have the fastest gear), why not have the plane slow down to a reasonable speed? It can surely do passes above the runway at 200kts, and be much easier to photograph.