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Harold ‘Doc’ Edgerton

Harold ‘Doc’ Edgerton’s (1903-1990) life and works are well documented on the edgerton digital images project’s  website – http://edgerton-digital-collections.org (accessed 28.3.15). He was a scientist and photographer who’s work focused on ‘slowing’ down high speed events through photographic and scientific techniques to allow them to be viewed by the naked eye.

His work used high-speed cameras (between 6,000 to 15,000 frames per second), multi-flash techniques (in darkened rooms), stroboscopic lights and other techniques to make still fast moving events.

The linked image shows a bullet as it pierces an apple, along with a description of the technique http://edgerton-digital-collections.org/galleries/iconic#hee-nc-64002.

I considered the possibility of creating similar images with modern equipment and technology.

My Fuji X-T1 has an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32,000 of a second, but the specification states ‘electronic shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects’. I’m not sure what this means, but perhaps worth an experiment.

Another option is using sophisticated mobile phone technology to trigger shots when the phone picks up a sound for example.  Trigger Trap – http://triggertrap.com/best-of-2014/  (accessed 28.3.15) is one such technology, but unfortunately sold out at the time of writing – I’m on the waiting list! Below is a screen-grab of one of their images by Alex Molick.

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