Breathtaking High Speed Photography by Alan Sailer [Gallery]

Alan Sailer creates dramatic images by blasting food and ornaments with a rifle and capturing the impact on a camera and flash he built in his garage.

Using a loaded weapon and a home-made camera, Alan Sailer captures the moment a series of everyday items explode on contact with a bullet. Among the mundane props he turned into spectacular works of art are a foam sponge, a radish and Christmas decorations.

55-year-old California-based Mr Sailer is an expert at high-speed photography. He takes his pictures in a dark room while positioned about 20 cm away from the target. A laser triggers his Nikon D40’s shutter, while a special flash films the action in slow motion, despite the .177 pellet travelling with a velocity of about 500ft per second.

Photography that requires a microsecond flash to capture action moving near the speed of sound is usually high-risk. To buy a fast flash is expensive, often costing many thousands of pounds, but Mr Sailer was able to build one for about £200 after buying parts off eBay.

“The shooting is stressful. It takes time to set up the shot and then, it’s all over,” said Mr. Sailer. “You may or may not have got a good picture and now there is a mess on your set-up, your camera, the garage.”

He continued: “I have variable delay after the trigger. So if there is too much mayhem, I lower the delay. Not enough exploding parts, raise the delay.” Check Mr. Sailer’s Flickr page for the full gallery. [Alan Sailer/Flickr via Daily Mail (UK) and Acid Cow]

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