Someone here had a double fun! First shooting bullets through some food and then catching crucial moment of the impact with a camera. Banana, watermelon, M&Ms …in a moment when blown away look surprisingly thrilling. When you look at the photos in this gallery you must admit you want to do it yourself!
That someone is Alan Sailer. Alan Sailer is a high-speed photographer and a microwave engineer. This self-taught (and as you can see well taught) person responsible for the photos in the gallery, still doesn’t want to become a full-time photographer, despite the fact his high-speed photography is getting a lot of attention. He prefers to enjoy creative moments with his camera when he feels like it.
Check out these interesting photos of food hit by bullets and read what Alan said for Astrum people about himself, his work and eqipment he uses.
“I started taking photographs with a Brownie box camera in the 1960s… I am not an early adopter, so I waited many years before buying my first digital camera a Nikon point and shoot.
I haven’t taken any photography classes.
With all the resources we have around us, other people, the internet and books, it would seem presumptuous to say I was self-taught.
The only area of photography that I have gotten any major recognition for is my high-speed photography. It is also the most original work I have done.
My high-speed work is only unusual in that you don’t see much work done at the very fast flash speed I use… the flash is rather expensive and hard to work with. I solved the expensive by building my own flash.
…people who have access to a high-speed flash are mostly engineers who may not have much interest in exploring the aesthetic side of flash photography. In addition to engineering, I have spent a lot of my time trying to make art.
Most normal flashes go as fast as 30 microseconds. My flash goes down to one microsecond. It will give a picture of a projectile moving at over 700 feet per second with almost no blur.
The next most important equipment is the flash controller/sensor. This detects the projectile and triggers the flash at the right moment.
The camera is not very important. I use a Nikon D90, but have used a Nikon D40, Canon XT, Canon G6 and a Nikon F3. The camera must have a manual mode and manual focus.
…there are great photographs waiting to be taken in the very room you are sitting in right now.
Finally, I’ll just repeat a famous quote by a photographer whose name I don’t remember- Get Closer. It’s the best all-purpose advice for improving the average photo.”
Alan Sailer Photography