Photos of Items Through Which the Bullet by Alan Sailer.
These amazing high speed photographs are the work of Alan Sailer, who is based in California, USA. He tells Grand Illusions that he made his own high speed flash unit last year (2008) and started taking these extraordinary images in the fall.
A normal photographic flash unit gives a flash that lasts around a thousandth of a second (a millisecond). However Alan’s flash unit is much faster than this, and produces a flash of light around a microsecond (a millionth of a second). This allows him to freeze things that are happening extremely fast, and to give us a view of something that otherwise we would never see.
He said: “I love the surprise of high speed photography, of seeing something that you can’t see without a fast flash.
“It doesn’t happen every session, but it does keep coming up, that “Oh wow” feeling when you peek at the camera display.
“I get many ideas of objects to blow up, I go to garage sales every weekend, to grocery and discount stores and look at things wondering how they would look as targets.
“In my opinion targets that are wet inside and brittle on the outside look the most interesting. I am going for contrast and colour, so if the inside is different than the outside, this helps.”
Photos of Items Through Which the Bullet by Alan Sailer: