10 Amazing High-Speed Photos

September 14, 2010

High-speed, or freeze-motion, photography has joys multifaceted: It can reveal brilliant colors and patterns and enlighten us as to the way things work. Those things that happen so quickly that they are not registered by the human eye, often explosive in a nature yet so minuscule that one would hardly notice, can be also be some of the most entertaining events on the planet – as the following 10 amazing high-speed photos attest. I tried to pick a few unconventional examples, some you might not have seen before – see if you can use them for graphic design inspiration!

1. Color explosion A bullet searing through a line of crayons spouts colored wax pellets in a random speckled pattern that might make a good backdrop for an explosive ad. 2. Bah humbug Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud of the hillbilly who got a lump of coal for Christmas instead of the Winchester Model 101 he asked Santa for. Apparently, he took it out on this ornament. 3. Paintball will never look the same Not after you see this freeze frame of a paintball exploding. It's like a liquid nebula! 4. A flying saucer in a milk saucer This splash of milk forms the shape of a flying saucer with shunted tentacles ... at least that's what it looks like to me. 5. Death to the Jack of Diamonds Bullets are popular with high-speed photographers – some even call it bullet art. Notice how the paper shards look shattered rather than torn. 6. Wet behind the ears Water has amazing and unique tension properties than can only be fully appreciated with freeze frames. 7. Water balloon drop I never realized that water, however briefly, retains its shape when you pop a water balloon. 8. Steel spoon At least, that's what I think this lingering drop of water looks like as it drips off the faucet. 9. A splash of color here … I'm not sure if this is milk with food coloring or something else, but I love the colorful splash it produces. Want to try a fun experiment? Pour milk about a quarter-inch deep into a casserole dish, dot it with food coloring, then drop a wee bit of dish soap in the middle. 10. Fuzzy flower Water balloons can look like large, puffy, fuzzy flowers when popped and captured at high speed. Want some more great high speed photography images? Try this Flickr group. For sports fans, “Sports Illustrated” has an awesome slide show with several high speed shots here.

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

[...] High-speed photography offers you a chance to look at something ordinary, such as an exploding water balloon or a splash of milk, in an extraordinary way. PsPrint blogger Brian shares some very cool photographs in his blog post, “10 Amazing High-Speed Photos.” [...]

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Ken January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Nice Images! I especially like the playing card split by a bullet.

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Tom January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

If you like this, you need to see what this guys did for a TV series in Discovery channel! http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/time-warp/time-warp.html

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Brian January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Thanks Ken - I liked the playing card as well. Thanks!

Tom - the Time Warp show is awesome. I saw the episode where they slowed down Metallica as the band played - I had no idea drum cymbals rippled and waved so much when they were hit!

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