jhylkema Vancouver, CA Registered since 26th Mar 2006
Tue 10-Apr-07 02:00 AM
"High-speed gun magazine photo - how?"
Gun magazines often have pics of bullets right as they're leaving the barrel of firearms. How does one take such a picture? I'm guessing it's not possible with a D70, but has anyone attempted to take a picture like that?
If I were going to attempt it, I would set the camera on its fastest shutter speed, use a long lens (70-200 VR), focus it on the muzzle of the gun, set the self timer, and try to crank off a round right as the shutter opens. What do you guys think?
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#1. "RE: High-speed gun magazine photo - how?" In response to Reply # 0
Generally those tpye of shots are done in a dark room, camera on a tripod shutter on bulb. They will generally use some type of microphone to trigger a strobe that has a short duration to stop the action. Once the strobe fires the shutter is allowed to close.
Pete Wilson Lake Orion, US Nikonian since 27th Jun 2004
Tue 10-Apr-07 02:37 AM
#3. "RE: High-speed gun magazine photo - how?" In response to Reply # 0
Bullet pictures can be taken using the D70 but special flash and flash triggers are required. The standard flash does not have a flash duration short enough to capture the speeding bullet. Do a google search on Dr. Harold Edgerton the MIT pioneer of super high speed photography to learn more.
#4. "RE: High-speed gun magazine photo - how?" In response to Reply # 3
If in Boston, stop by the MIT museum which has an amazing array of displayed stuff from years gone by including a very nice exhibition on Dr. Edgerton's innovative techniques. You'd also see literally 'core rope' memory - tons of tiny strands of twisted/roped metal wires - used in the Apollo spacecraft computer system for the moon shots. And lots of other things. Some are interactive exhibits. All are intelligently presented with an element of fun.