For Tyler Shields Blowing Up A Rolls Royce Is Just Another Day At The Office

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Tyler Shields, the artist who made waves when his provocative Birkin Bag meets chainsaw project outraged fashionistas everywhere, is back at it, this time pulling at the heartstrings of luxury car lovers.

The Silver Shadow starts by showing an attractive and wealthy looking man carry a gas can across the desert to a beautiful lady standing next to an even more beautiful Rolls Royce. The shot gives the impression that the man is returning to rescue the lady by filling the swank ride up with a little gasoline, which it has appeared to perhaps run out of. But, then, no. He drops the gas can and the next thing you know the pretty lady is pouring the gasoline all over the exceptionally pretty car while the attractive guy pensively watches from the sidelines. [Read more...]

How to Take A Photo of A Pellet Colliding with A Water Droplet

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If you thought shooting beautiful water droplets is hard, how about shooting a water droplet colliding with a pellet?

Does not sound too trivial, right? At the end it has to do a lot with timing. In addition to you need to time the strobe and droplet, now you also need to time the pellet.

Maurice Ribble of CameraAxe did an entire walkthrough on how to make such magic happen in the video below. It is not a fast pace polish video, but rather a very meticulous detailed explanation and fine details on how the entire contraption works and how to make one yourself.

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Innovative Ad Campaign Introduces Borescope Camera Tech To Commercial Photography

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Innovation plays a large part in creativity and vice versa. When photographers are able to find the perfect balance of those two things, awesome ideas using unusual methods are created. Such is the case when Sedley Place was tasked with creating an innovative ad campaign for Diageo, the parent company of Smirnoff and Guinness. They decided on a “Liquid Landscape” theme, which would feature slow motion close up shots of frosty glasses of beer and swirling mixed drinks.

To be able to maintain a large depth of field while shooting moving liquids at macro ratios, the creators came up with an unorthodox equipment setup to capture extreme close-ups of frosty glasses of beer and mixed drinks. Using for a borescope camera, a type of camera used almost exclusively in the biological and science photography realms, the photographers were able to capture the mouth watering footage with very little loss of detail.

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Getting Started In High Speed Photography Without Breaking Your Budget

high-speed-tutorialIt takes a larger than usual pile of money to purchase all the gear a lot of professionals use for high speed photography. In many of our realities, the chance of us ever owning a Broncolor lighting setup is relatively slim. The good news is, you don’t really need a Broncolor to get started in business of high speed photography.

As the DigitalRev team demonstrates for us in the classically humorous video tutorial you’ll see below, you can still manage to pull off some pretty interesting shots using relatively basic gear. Armed with nothing more than a Canon 550D, a cheap 50mm 1.8 lens, a Canon 600 EX RT, and a Triggertrap Mobile Dongle they are able to capture some pretty sweet colored powder shots plus, they get to smash stuff with a gold club in the process.  [Read more...]

Watch Beautiful Flowers Get Annihilated By A .22 Caliber At 1,000 Frames Per Second

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If there is one thing I can appreciate more than the beauty of a flower in full bloom, it’s watching one get blown into oblivion right in front of my eyes. As crass as that may seem, it will make complete sense once you feast your eyes on this high speed footage Daniel Hurst filmed on a Phantom HD Gold camera. Take a look as he invites us into his studio with some behind the scenes footage of the entire process. [Read more...]

Scientists Announce Worlds Fastest Camera, Capable of Capturing 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

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No, that’s not a typo. A team of 12 scientists from The University of Tokyo and Keio University, have developed a camera that is capable of capturing 4.4 trillion frames per second using a technology called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP) according to a release posted on Nature.com. According to the team, STAMP makes it possible for their camera to outperform current high speed cameras by achieving capture rates that are 1,000 times faster than any other known camera.

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Move Over Schlieren, Scientists Are Upping The Sound Wave Photography Ante

Okay, Schlieren photography is still pretty awesome. I’m actually still quite fascinated with our ability to photograph sound waves. I also love that I can do it myself for less than $10.  But, this project announcement from MIT is pretty wicked, too. Scientists from Microsoft, MIT, and Adobe have developed a way to use similar science to recover the audio from images taken using high speed cameras and even a prosumer level DSLR.

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How To Build A 22 Gallon High Speed Photography Studio

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High speed photography has a tendency to be messy (broken glass, water and other flying debris) and potentially dangerous (guns, and that flying debris again). However it’s the need for darkness which can prove to be the biggest problem. Having built a high-speed laser trigger, I needed a way of actually using it to take some photos. This presented me with a puzzle, as I work in an open plan office and have small children at home. Neither lend themselves to blacked-out rooms, flying shards of glass and small arms. The solution I came up with manages to solve all of these problems and more, and is I think worth trying even by those who are lucky enough to have access to real studios.

My inspiration was the film changing bag, which is simply a light-proof bag with elasticated holes for arms. This is great for times when you need complete darkness but don’t have a darkroom, such as when you’re loading a film into a developing tank. Clearly a bag would be no use here, but perhaps a box would do. I looked at the large, black recycling boxes that we have around here and thought they may be on the right track. A quick search on Amazon for the largest black plastic box I could find turned up this 84 litre (22 gallon) beauty, complete with lid for £21 ($37). It sits comfortably on my desk, and is easily stored underneath it.

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This Extensive Tutorial Will Show You Everything You Need To Know About High Speed Photography

Maurice Ribble, the maker behind CameraAxe,  probably one of the higher authorities on high speed photography today just released one of the most extensive lectures on high speed photography that I have seen to date.

It is not a fancy video like we are used to, but rather a slide based lecture, but nevertheless the information there is priceless.

It goes from the very most trivial question of “what is high speed photography” to some basic concepts like why you want to use a strobe to freeze the action using a strobe and not a high shutter speed. Maurice is then doing a few extensive how-to tutorials on drops and balloons and ending with some fancy setups using uber powerful (and slightly dangerous) air gap strobes. [Read more...]