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The Amazing High Speed Bullet Photography of Alexander Augusteijn

If you think shooting fast moving animals is difficult, try shooting bullets slicing water drops. That’s the kind of mind-boggling photography that Alexander Augusteijn does. There’s no tricks or clever Photoshop manipulations involved… just dedication and a whole lotta patience.

Augusteijn tells us,

I am a photographer from the Netherlands, specializing in high speed photography. I use a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations. The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other device is used.

These kind of images require a lot of experimentation, dedication, patience and willingness to endlessly clean spill of liquids and debris from objects shot to pieces. Several hundreds of trial shots may be needed to get timing correct. After that, the process is pretty well controlled, and often half of the shots will be usable, with 1 out of 10 really interesting.

To see more of Augusteijn’s amazing work, head on over to his website.


Image credits: Photographs by Alexander Augusteijn and used with permission


 
  • http://twitter.com/kaolinfire kaolin fire

    I love that last shot, with the bullet sitting on/in the splash like a pedestal! =)

  • Leah

    i absolutely love the first shot. I dont really know why, im not a big photographer or anything. :)

  • Leah

    i absolutely love the first shot. I dont really know why, im not a big photographer or anything. :)

  • Leah

    i absolutely love the first shot. I dont really know why, im not a big photographer or anything. :)

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  • http://www.amitbhawani.com/ Amit Bhawani

    OMG This is awesome, do you think any normal person would be able to take these kinds of snaps? If yes would be happy for some detailed basic tutorials!

  • tsy87

    If you have the right hardware…. I know you can buy sonic triggers for water drop photography, as well as water drop regulators… all you would need is some way to fire the pellet gun at the proper time….

  • http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/book_graphic_design_1.html designer

    That is amazing. Who would have thought you could do this?

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  • Lex Augusteijn

    I am a pretty normal person, with some geeky tendencies, I must admit. :)

  • http://larslarsenphoto.com Lars

    I do some bullet and water drop photography but never at the same time.

    The problem I have is that I’m using a chemical rifle. Even with match grade subsonic rounds the timing of the bullet is very unpredictable. Perhaps a compressed gas gun or magnetic acceleration is more time-accurate.

    Also, using lower velocity helps. From the looks of the images the “bullets” have very low kinetic energy transferring into the water.

    This makes me want to build an air-gun. :)

  • http://larslarsenphoto.com Lars

    I do some bullet and water drop photography but never at the same time.

    The problem I have is that I’m using a chemical rifle. Even with match grade subsonic rounds the timing of the bullet is very unpredictable. Perhaps a compressed gas gun or magnetic acceleration is more time-accurate.

    Also, using lower velocity helps. From the looks of the images the “bullets” have very low kinetic energy transferring into the water.

    This makes me want to build an air-gun. :)

  • mariaines

    These are awesome. Why the red tint on the top of the water droplets? It looks like the bullet is lighting the water on fire!

  • Eddiesmithphoto

    Take a look at high site as well, the high speed stuff is amazing to say the least, but across the board he does some very nice work, the abstract and the smoke shots are great as well

  • Eddiesmithphoto

    and he’s using a very simple camera, a 300d (original rebel) with firmware hacks to make it close to a 10D hahaha brilliant

  • http://deviloftora-pictures.tumblr.com/ Sebastian

    Amazing shots! Great :)

  • http://deviloftora-pictures.tumblr.com/ Sebastian

    Amazing shots! Great :)

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  • Pjj1624

    boooooooooooring.

  • AL

    What is the red dot on top of the water?

  • Khendar

    The red in the tops of the drops is probably a reflector or red light above the water to add contrast and effect to the image. When they did colliding water drops on Time Warp the guy they had in had a similar setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoQ0DQpwwHU

  • Mack3008

    If you find this boring then don’t look at it. Don’t leave negative comments on here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keirayres Keir Wyndham-Ayres

    If you find this comment annoying then don’t look at it. Don’t leave negative comments on here.

  • Jo

    If you find added comments annoying then don’t look at it. Don’t leave negative comments on here.

  • Jo

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  • Jo

    Awesome shots!

  • Bei

    Now that Stephen Fry has tweeted a link to this, I’m sure Augusteijn will prove more popular than ever.

  • Bei

    Now that Stephen Fry has tweeted a link to this, I’m sure Augusteijn will prove more popular than ever.

  • http://www.highspeedflashphotography.com/ Mobiusltd

    I have never used the word awesome before – here it’s an understatement – brilliant work – well done!
    Greg

  • Steph

    It’s water.

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  • the_GnOmE

    That’s how I found out. These are magnificent.

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  • Dark Angel

    The comments are booooooooring – fots quite goooooood

  • Zagothor

    I have use Camera Axe (http://www.cameraaxe.com/) to photograph bullets and to photograph droplets, but never both at the same time. This is amazing.

  • Scott Dan Ronson

    Shooting the water is what we have been doing for decades…

  • guy

    Colored droplet water hit in mid air

  • http://ronniesainiphotography.com Ronnie Saini

    I’m totally blown away! Too good! and the dedication and patience certainly paid off, keep it up! I haven’t experimented with very high shutter speeds yet, will do someday.

    Regards,
    Ronnie Saini
    http://www.ronniesainiphotography.com

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  • fudwntdnw

    people should be allowed to enjoy art
    if you really if you think it is boring tell the artist how to make it better
    otherwise shut it

  • fudwntdnw

    lol

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  • Jon

    what was the shutter speed, ISO, F-Stop?

  • Logesh

    Amazing shots…………

  • Nlnlnl

    This is red light reflected from a red background.