13 High Speed Photography Images

13 High Speed Photography Images


SPLASH! BANG! WHIZ! CRASH! Today we present 13 high speed photography images for your viewing pleasure.

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  • John April 14, 2013 12:44 am

    Great stuff check out my High speed videos/pictures here

  • robert young January 19, 2012 05:20 pm

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  • Shutterlag June 27, 2011 06:13 pm

    These pictures can be made with basically any DSLR, as long as the shutter lag is short enough. The only thing you need is a trigger unit and a manual flash. I started a blog about these pictures on www.shutter-lag.com.

  • Raghu K Menon February 18, 2011 04:50 pm

    Breathtaking shots indeed.

    I have a Sony Cybershot DSC T70 touch camera with me. I would like to know whether it is possible to take pictures using it, which would be atleast half as good as these pictures.

    Keep clicking.


  • edgar February 18, 2011 04:23 am

    You can find a sound trigger for high speed photography below:


  • Ely Dennis January 29, 2011 01:16 pm

    Sooo boring. No story being told. Just trick shots. Great compo, but no heart.

  • James January 29, 2011 10:51 am

    "Doc" Harold Edgerton, the man who created this art form, would be happy to see these photos. He was a kind man and generous with his knowledge.

  • Darin January 29, 2011 07:52 am

    Pam Kennedy - This website will help you understand - http://www.pascalbovet.com/2010/09/highspeed-101-lesson-3/
    You may need to read lessons 1 and 2 first to help you get a betterunderstanding.

    Here's 2 of my attempts using Pascal's described technique.


  • Trix Bester January 28, 2011 08:50 pm

    I am at the dgital phot 101 stage. My question may therefore sound superfluous: What sort of speed are we talking about here?

  • Martin Soler HDR Photography January 28, 2011 09:06 am

    Wow these are amazing.
    I did one of a waterdrop once, it colored drops falling in water which has a pretty cool effect. I had no flash, no remote trigger and no stand (my girlfrield was holding the tube with the colors) but it came out pretty good (IMHO).

  • Highlander69 AKA Subconscious Sight January 28, 2011 08:51 am

    Nice shots!
    Here's the only one I've done (at a club meeting demonstration)

  • Draku Zeos January 28, 2011 04:42 am

    I have an idea for someone if they are looking for fresh notions to feature in a high speed shot or shots.

    I once fired a bullet (I don't recall if it was .22 or 9mm) round through a half full plastic jar of peanut butter (lid on). The result was utterly amazing, and I've often thought would have made for a stunning series of high speed photos. When the round entered the jar, the pressure of the shock wave moving through the peanut butter created a totally unexpected effect. I felt sure that the jar would explode, with bits flying everywhere and peanut butter sailing for many feet in all directions. Not so.

    When I examined the jar (no camera that day), what I saw was so wild looking I could hardly believe it. Running from the top to the bottom of the jar were a series of about 12 equally spaced vertical splits in the plastic, through which roughly equal portions of peanut butter had been extruded. The pressurized paste ripped the plastic open and rapidly escaped the jar. While you might imagine peanut butter flying everywhere, for many feet in every direction, it didn't. As soon as it had escaped the jar, it sagged back down around the sides, covering no more than about a 18 to 24 inch diameter circle. The lid was still in place. It looked more like a crazed sculpture than anything else.

    I imagine that high speed photography would show that the paste in the jar ballooned the jar for a moment, just before it split down the sides. I suspect that 12 wedges of paste shot out from each of the splits, quickly sagging back down through some combination of cohesion, friction and a possible re-solidifying that can happen when soft solids are suddenly put under high pressure, momentarily liquefy, and then re-solidify just as quickly when the pressure is relieved. I also suspect that, without the lid, the effects would be different and certainly less curious.

    So, if someone's up for an experiment, there's a free idea.

  • Jill January 28, 2011 02:49 am

    I absolutely love these and have posted several of these on my photo blog and here is my collection on flickr.


  • Anna Patrick January 24, 2011 07:49 am

    High Speed experiments are always impressing, it's great to be able to see these images! Here are some other cool high speed photo experiments http://www.photographymojo.com/2010/03/exciting-high-speed-photo-experiments/

  • Pam Kennedy January 23, 2011 02:26 pm

    Maybe we can do an article on Fast Action Photography Basics for those of us wanting to try this technique out? I don't really understand how you can capture these shots with a long shutter speed so an explanation of all that plus tips/pointers would be very much appreciated!!

  • danielle Pittman January 22, 2011 02:23 pm

    Woow , really cool images. This site is so awesome.


  • skip January 22, 2011 10:28 am

    A buddy and I built the sound trigger and photogate from HiViz.com. the directions were very good if you follow them!

    our first attempts with the triggers are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/onefaller/sets/72157625631252545/

  • Biel January 22, 2011 03:51 am

    Hey!! Fantastics shots!!!
    That's mine..

  • Jed Delmiguez January 21, 2011 03:04 pm

    Absolutely awesome shots!

    Would you consider the image below a high speed photography?


  • Robin Oberg January 21, 2011 08:53 am

    seeing as the chdk program can make my point&shoot take photos of lightning, doing this with relatively strong lighting and really fast shutter shouldnt be a problem.

    another assignment to add to the list i guess...

  • timsdd January 21, 2011 07:22 am

    breaking stuff is cool!
    I wish I had a location to use live ammo!

  • Ariana January 21, 2011 07:21 am

    I could look at those kind of pictures all the time - they are amazing!

  • ADRIENNE January 21, 2011 07:02 am

    I only liked the pomegranate in water, child and razor. The rest were just okay.

  • John January 21, 2011 06:35 am

    So, how does this fall under the rubric of "tutorial"?

  • John January 21, 2011 06:33 am

    Well these are absolutely lovely but how do they contribution the the mission and purpose of this web site? E.g. to educate. We come her not to see what CAN be done but to learn HOW to do it.

  • Neil January 21, 2011 06:13 am

    wow, awesome shots! stuff you never get to see!

    this is not nearly as good as those but its of a hummingbird mid flight in costa rica


  • Sherry January 21, 2011 06:10 am

    I think these are amazing! I was just thinking about wanting to try something like this but didn't really know where to start. Now I do!

    I know that anything can become cliche after awhile but for someone like myself who has never shot anything like this before, it's definitely fresh and exciting. I'll have to try something without bullets though! :D

  • Cybermystic January 18, 2011 07:38 am

    Pretty good shots. With a 10-microsecond flash you can capture images like this:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/12801949@N02/3996205418/' title='Totally unbelievable high speed flash image' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/3996205418_85338911f0.jpg']

  • Gabriel December 7, 2010 04:56 pm

    Just to let you know I wrote a note on my blog about high speed photography with a link to this page (and more)


  • David November 19, 2010 10:38 am

    Simply awesome. Defies words.

  • JR Galia May 13, 2010 04:21 pm


  • Robert Collins May 13, 2010 04:06 am

    Airsoft is the name of our game. me and my 3 brothers always play airsoft in closed quarter battles.-~*

  • Tom Bunce October 10, 2009 12:04 am

    The third image looks like the BB was bouncing off the balloon. Pretty neat.

  • saqibmoghal October 7, 2009 07:35 pm

    good images

  • silas October 6, 2009 12:33 am

    My best image:

  • Nick October 3, 2009 09:56 pm

    This was a flash bag going off.

  • Nick October 3, 2009 09:32 pm

    Playing with some petrol at an airsoft weekend, please don’t try this at home.

  • Stunner October 2, 2009 10:56 am

    These are great captures! I've never tried one of these shots before! I hope to try this type of photography soon. this has inspired me.

  • Wes October 2, 2009 08:18 am

    Well I don't really care what it's called (I am kinda partial to the name Bob), I think these pictures are great! As it was said by another poster, this kind of photography shows us a world we don't often get to see.

  • zaug October 2, 2009 04:27 am

    Although they are all very nice, I would not consider the hummingbird shot high speed.
    The wings are blurred as they are in the hummingbird shots I get, most of which are shot in daylight without a strobe.
    Still a great feature, thankZ!

  • leorolim October 2, 2009 04:07 am


    Not the beer!!!!

  • James October 2, 2009 03:23 am

    Love this stuff. What speed does a dedicated flash fire at? I think I read that if you lower the output you can get a faster exposure? Also what speed does a point and shoot flash freeze at.
    Great website!

  • PhotoSpherix September 25, 2008 12:11 pm

    I gotta look in to that. I thought of a couple great things to shoot.

  • piculous September 20, 2008 02:50 am

    Great images..I really like all the images.

  • Agnes September 18, 2008 02:52 pm

    Amazing! one of a kind. Congratulations!

  • CISDEC September 8, 2008 09:27 pm

    Simply Superb.
    We are in Videosurveillance IP cameras business and like such kind of beautiful images.
    Can we backlink to you ?
    best regards and congratulations.

  • Mariell Piremas September 8, 2008 08:00 pm

    The water seems to freeze in the moment that the balloon explodes.

    Very well done !

  • Stephen September 7, 2008 05:03 am

    Great shots - I love high speed photography :)

  • Mevsthehouse September 6, 2008 09:50 pm

    I took me a second to realize the one was a balloon!

    I always loved the "bullet through the cards" pictures - http://web.mit.edu/Edgerton/6.51s/2003/

  • Nikumbh September 6, 2008 03:13 am


  • kristy September 6, 2008 12:47 am

    You might dig this Schwepps commercial with high speed exploding water balloons - it's really beautiful...http://twoifbysee.blogspot.com/2008/03/schweppes-burst-in-slow-motion-ballet.html

  • Mille September 6, 2008 12:26 am

    Great photos! I am buying a Canon EOS 50D next week. Going to start my website then. Look forward to the next Ansel Adam, ecerybody!

  • Jake September 6, 2008 12:18 am

    Also, for all the people saying that you need a really expensive camera to take photos like this, you really don't. I took mine with just a regular point and shoot..

  • Jake September 6, 2008 12:17 am

    Hey, cheers for the feature! My photo just got like 2,000 views in the last 24 hours and I was well confused as to where they'd come from. Thanks again, I really appreciate it :)

  • Marc September 5, 2008 04:46 pm

    We had a photography assignment to do with high speed photography this weekend, and we got a great shot.


    Not to bad I don't think, seeing as we just starting out with photography

  • Dan September 5, 2008 03:45 pm

    Ok who wasted a can of PBR? PARTY FOUL.

  • klaatu69 September 5, 2008 12:39 pm

    The egg one is interesting ... the exit "wound" is smaller than entry wound. Not what I would have expected

  • hydroment September 5, 2008 12:07 pm

    Cliche or not. High speed or stop action. These are nice shots. The two balloon pics are my favs. The one with the hole in the side but still holding its shape is a critical timing shot and the other balloon is just wierd. {:-) I have not figured that one out yet. It is wrinkled up on the side and the soft BB right next to it. Is the BB going in and there is a "wind" leading it and that is what is pushing on the balloon or is the BB exiting the balloon and then why the wrinkles?

    Thanks, I like them all


  • daniel September 5, 2008 12:06 pm

    These are just about the coolest thing you never did see except for the camera.

  • Kristen King September 5, 2008 12:06 pm

    Wow, these are awesome. :)

  • Ben Right September 5, 2008 11:07 am

    In my state, the Forensic Scientists have purchased $100k worth of photographic equipment to do this, so they can better understand gun-shot wounds.

    They practice by shooting dead pigs and watching how the wound erupts from the skin and it's incredible.


  • RUTH September 5, 2008 10:35 am

    I agree with Sam B - if only there was a caption telling us what each shot ('scuse the pun) was of. By reading the comments on the yoghurt/bullet shot I was able to find out what was happening. I live in Australia and using guns is only for the defence forces and police so bullets are not something that immediately spring to mind!

  • kristarella September 5, 2008 08:58 am

    Thanks for the definition Michael (and everyone else who repeated what he said :P).

  • Michael Durham September 5, 2008 08:23 am

    Shameless plug here: http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/md/gallery-show?G_ID=G0000HSibPSWld4w

    Kristarella - the shutter speed is often irrelevant with high-speed photography. In most cases it the duration of the high-speed lights used to take the photograph. Some of my high-speed images have shutter speeds of 5 seconds, but actually are taken at 1/50,000 of the second.

  • SlutBangr September 5, 2008 08:07 am

    It just looks like a bunch of drunk guys got together and bought a really expensive camera and started taking turns shooting random junk while the other took pictures..... Sounds like my kind of weekend!

  • Amy September 5, 2008 07:09 am

    Very interesting. These are great.

  • Sam B September 5, 2008 06:54 am

    Could have at least placed captions on the pictures to describe what each is.

  • Kent September 5, 2008 06:40 am

    The shutter speed setting of the camera does not dictate the length of exposure when you are shooting with studio flash type lighting. The camera is set so that it captures a negligible amount of ambient light during the 1/250 or 1/200 or 1/60th second that the shutter is open. The actual exposure comes from the 1/2000 second or less that the studio flash fires.

  • FullAperture September 5, 2008 06:33 am

    Alright for all you who think this is something other than High Speed, you're wrong. (I'm just correcting) It's highspeed regardless of the shutter because once the shutter opens the flash lights the shot for an extremely small fraction of a second. (the long shutter is used to be certain the flash will go off during the time it's open) And "stop motion" is a type of animation technique(Read: claymation), not photography.

    Love the apple shot and the kid.

  • Chris September 5, 2008 06:07 am

    Really coool images! And amazing cameras!

  • Hal Edgerton September 5, 2008 06:04 am

    WOW! so original! I've never seen ANYthing like it! WOW

  • Bradley Esau September 5, 2008 06:03 am

    "high speed" photography often depends *not* on a fast shutter speed, but a strobe to freeze the action.

  • bangbouh September 5, 2008 06:01 am

    Great collection of photographs. Thanks!

  • Jiff Woods September 5, 2008 06:00 am

    Wow, stunning photography indeed.


  • Alrady September 5, 2008 03:12 am

    I really like the water ones best even the Norelco. The hummingbird is awesome and since they are a miracle of flight engineering it is amazing to see such a photo! My son does lightening photogrpahy and I'm not sure if its similar method or not... link to his site from my blog address.

    At any rate I like the crisp clearness of your pics! Awesome.

  • Roger Bourland September 5, 2008 03:09 am

    My goodness! Amazing stuff there. Thanks,


  • Bryan September 5, 2008 03:04 am

    Amazing shots, all of them!

  • Alan Kong September 5, 2008 02:46 am

    I wish they move away from the cliche' high speed photos of milk/water drops and "stuff being shot with a bullet".

  • Christine003 September 5, 2008 01:20 am

    AC Says:
    "Fascinating stuff! I’ve always wanted to try this out - but I don’t think my current camera can cut it."

    Sure you can... Even a small compact digital camera can do it.. The only thing you need to know is : Darker your room is, Easyer it is to freeze the movement and flash is absolutly necessary ;)

    Good luck!! And have fun

  • The Floating frog September 5, 2008 01:04 am

    Absolutely brilliant! Thanks

  • aea September 5, 2008 12:49 am

    I've always been a big fan of high speed photography. However, with all the talent and expensive equipement involved, why do some many photographers simply shoot bullets through things. The first several hundred of those I saw were interesting.

    It's time to move on. There's an entire universe out these. Don't waste your talent and time on bullet shots. No more bullets.

  • Pete Langlois September 5, 2008 12:30 am

    These are all great shots. High Speed is relative.

    The second balloon one and the hummer are my favs.


  • Sunnyman September 5, 2008 12:04 am

    These are a few classical examples -- splashing water caught at high shutter speed, plus cans, egg, apple, etc. pierced by some bullet or similar stuff.

    With some exceptions, I found those pictures rather repetitive and boring. The last one was kind of neat, though.

  • Rosh September 5, 2008 12:04 am

    Just like macro photography, top action photography shows us stuff we normally don't see everyday. It's always amazing.

    I like all the images except the beer exploding. That is just wrong :-)

    New Media Photographer

  • Will September 4, 2008 11:57 pm

    Here are a couple of flying birds that my brother took in our garden...

  • jerome September 4, 2008 11:45 pm

    just magnificent! love them all.

  • kristarella September 4, 2008 11:36 pm

    Or maybe "high speed photography" is exactly the same a freeze motion regardless of the shutter speed... how misleading! Not your fault DPS, you didn't make up the term :P

  • AC September 4, 2008 11:36 pm

    Fascinating stuff! I've always wanted to try this out - but I don't think my current camera can cut it.

  • kristarella September 4, 2008 11:23 pm

    Some beautiful photos there, but should it really be called "high speed photography"? Maybe "stop motion", or something similar would be more fitting.

    The photo of the pomegranate was taken at 1/200s and the boy and the shaver were 1/60s! Not exactly break-neck speeds in digital photography.

  • dialac1 September 4, 2008 11:20 pm

    This is really amazing...thanks for the post


  • LiveCrunch September 4, 2008 11:12 pm

    WOW , haven't seen such pictures for long time. Great collection!


    Btw I am buying Canon EOS 50D soon!

  • Rubab September 4, 2008 11:10 pm

    amazing.. images

  • Nobie September 4, 2008 10:59 pm

    This has always fascinated me.