High-Speed Photos of Cameras Exploding

Last year we featured a CGI rendering of an exploding Polaroid One Step camera that makes for a nice wallpaper. Photographer Alan Sailer creates real photographs showing the same thing. Sailer drills a hole into each camera, fills the void with a firecracker, and then captures the resulting explosion with high-speed photography using a Nikon D90.

His trick for completely freezing the motion in each image is a flash unit he built himself that discharges “5 million+ in candlepower in about one millionth of a second.” There’s an interesting post over at Imaging Resource in which Sailer explains the process behind his images.

To see more of his work, check out this Flickr set that contains over 200 photographs of various things (e.g. toys, ornaments, gadgets) in the process of exploding. Last year we also featured a beautiful set of images by Sailer that show Christmas ornaments being shot with a pellet gun.

Image credits: Photographs by Alan Sailer

  • branden rio

    Why is he destroying cameras, what kind of photographer does that

  • John Milleker


  • Mansgame

    Talent-less hacks destroy things in order to make a name for themselves.

  • Orlando 林安徒生 Andersson

    no worries they’re all worthless cameras up there

  • fast eddie

    The 3rd photo…do you see the face?

  • Dave

    Look at the models he is destroying. Humanity has suffered nothing in this project.

  • Dave

    The third as in the third of total images, or the third image after the jump? 3rd after the jump is my favorite because of the fire visible inside the camera.

  • fast eddie

    The Polaroid with the fire.

  • Dan

    Ah, to be a modern day photo elitist.

  • iot

    i see it

  • iot

    photo bomb!

  • stanimir stoyanov

    Too bad we can’t make iOS apps explode.