There’s a certain aesthetic pleasure in seeing everyday objects torn apart by a speeding bullet. But it’s certainly not as simple as point and shoot. Dutch photographer Alexander Augusteijn explains, “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.” And the process is certainly time consuming and, as one may overlook, messy. “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,” he continues. “Several hundreds of trial shots may be needed to get timing correct.”
Augusteijn has, in his own words, “dedicated myself to high-speed photography, taking pictures of extremely short events.” He’s not talking about a speeding animal or even an action shot from top athletes. Having perfected regular “bullet time” photography, Augusteijn made it all the more challenging by timing both the bullet and his camera with a drop of water.
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