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15 High-Speed Photography Examples

High-speed photography or simply HSP is a technique used by photographers to capture very fast moving objects or other occurrences that are normally not visible to the human eye. The most common examples of high-speed photography are those pictures of a bullet coming out of one side of an apple or photographs of birds frozen in mid-air. There are also pictures of soap bubbles popping and many more. But how does one take a picture of events such as these? Well, you need to have a professional camera that is capable of 128 frames per second or higher as high-speed photography is achieved by setting the camera’s shutter to the fastest possible settings. Another means of doing this is by using a camera which has very high sensitive sensor combined with fast shutter speed or a fast (strobe) light. If you need a thorough discussion or a tutorial on this checkout the High-Speed Photography Tutorial at Digital Photography School.

Meanwhile, take a look at the amazing examples of high-speed photography that we compiled in this post and see how it can freeze moments in time that pass far too quickly for us to capture using our point and shoot cameras. Also, do not miss our post about long-exposure photography, which is the exact opposite of high-speed photography.

To view the larger version and know more about each picture, click on the preview image.  Make sure to check out the portfolio of each photographer because they sure have more inspiring pictures that are worth checking out!!

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o1-Triple Break

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o2-Water Ballon vs. Airsoft BB, Round 2
You can see that the rubber of the balloon had completely disintegrated, but the pear shape of the water blob is still roughly intact. More details on the author page.

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o3-Classic balloon explosion
Sound Trigger + Canon Flash Speedlite 430 EX II (1/64)

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o4-Male Ruby-throated hummingbird

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o5-Strawberry Flash

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o6-Mixed Speed Photography-3
Mixing two strobes, the microsecond flash and a conventional flash set to the “low” setting. The microsecond flash was placed behind the target to the left of the frame and the low speed flash is placed behind the camera to the right of the frame.

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o7-Aint No Cuppa Joe
High Speed Photography of Breaking Glass Objects

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08-Abyss
At the start of a thrown arc of water. This shot was taken mere moments (about 1/10th of a second) before this one with the completed arc.

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09-High Speed Water Balloons

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10-Hummingbirds behaving badly

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11- Liquid Tension Experiment 2
High Speed Flash Photography at shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second!

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12-Almond
Downrange view of a pellet that is barely able to make it through an almond :)

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13-Tomato Bullet
This poor cherry tomato suffered repeated high speed flour impacts; all in the name of fast-shutter photography.

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14-Egg shot
Flathead pellet hitting an egg. Estimated exposure of 1/2,000,000th of a second.

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15-Balloon Burst

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Still craving for more? More excellent examples can be found at Flickr High-Speed Photography Pool. If  EXIF data are available for a shot, make sure to check them so you will have an idea about the shutter speed used, the lens setting or if a flash was used. Studying these data will really help students of photography like us in our future  experimentation with high-speed photography. There are tons of examples to browse from this site.  Enjoy!

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  1. really nicee indeed

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