A&P A couple high-speed photos I took with my homemade sound trigger, C&C welcome!

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    niquesuave06 New Member

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    I finally got my homemade sound trigger working and have been experimenting with different flash settings and positions for the last couple of weeks. . .Here are a few of the results :)

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    This is a subsonic .22 bullet heading towards a Christmas tree ornament.

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    This is a subsonic .22 bullet leaving a Christmas ornament :hsugh:
    I PS'ed out the stand the ornament was sitting on, I wish I could've done a little better job but my skills are lacking :o That's the only thing retouched in this photo.


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    Here's a supersonic .22 bullet leaving several ornaments. This one is gonna be on my Christmas cards next year :bowdown:


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    Last but not least, a bullet still in the process of leaving a lightbulb. That was the moment I was trying to capture on this shot, but I still got really lucking in getting it :o

    Needless to say, there are shards of "Christmas cheer" scattered all over my makeshift studio :rofl:
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    interesting... details on sound trigger :cool:
     
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    Try filling them with something. I'm not sure what it'd do, except maybe make a cooler picture.
     
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    how far away was the gun / mic from the target? i'm sure the bullet would travel some distance in the few ms of shutter lag.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    :coold: i love the shot with multiple ornaments
     
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    Tutorial on teh trigger. Thats amazing!
     
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    first non-worthless thread in a really long time. congrats!
     
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    Very cool shots! :bigthumb:

    I did some similar shots years ago with a ballon and pin. We shot on film so we had to shoot a butt load of pics then process all of them to see if we actually got anything worthwhile.
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    :cool: In for details on the sound trigger :x:

    You should do a fruit. I've seen a few of them on Flickr and they look awesome
     
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    you'd probably get better looking shots if you had a slower bullet, fyi. I love the idea plus the sound trigger...in for info
     
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    N-Word-Jim Cure for boredom

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    I was planning on rigging one of those up to get shots of my butthole while farting, but that seems like a much better use of a sound trigger :bigthumb:
     
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    I found a DIY tutorial online for the sound trigger, here's the schematic I saved from the site:
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    My sound trigger is just about the same, and here's what the "guts" looked like:

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    And here's the "finished" trigger:

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    It looks a bit like a bomb :rofl::noes:

    I chose to use a Wein peanut slave adapter and a super-bright white LED to set off the flash rather than triggering it electrically. There's about 10 feet of wire between the mic/pre-amp portion of the trigger and the LED portion, which is used to control the "delay" between the gun going off and the flash being triggered.

    The shutter delay of most cameras, although negligible in most situations, is still enough to miss a bullet flying by, so I took all these in an almost completely dark room in order for the flash to stop the motion. I actually used my Sunpak Auto555 flash at 1/64th power for most of these shots because the Vivitar flash is too long in duration. The bullets ended up being a tiny streak across the frame with the Vivitar 283 :squint:
     
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    Here's one I took of a balloon with some water in it:
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    I already have apple splattered all over the walls and glass shards all over the place, so I've been holding off on liquids :rofl: After I get this place swept up again, I've already got some "supplies" for a few messier photos :bigthumb:
     
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    niquesuave06 New Member

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    The distance varied quite a bit depending on what I was shooting as well as the type of bullets I was using.

    So far, I've shot .22 CB shorts (~710fps), .22 Remington subsonics (~1050fps), and then some "normal" .22 supersonic rounds (~1250fps). I'm going to dig my dad's reloading equipment out of storage this weekend and load up some larger caliber rounds with a weaker powder load.

    Also (I kind of mentioned this above, but I'll go into a bit more detail) this sound trigger is based on the flash stopping the motion rather than the camera being triggered to take the photos.

    Basically I had the camera set up with a 4sec shutter and an appropriate aperture (it changed a bit depending on what I shot, and where I placed the flash), and had my IR remote. I'd turn off all the lights, trigger the camera via remote, and then shoot my target of choice as quickly as possible (and as accurately as possible in the dark :hsugh: ). The only light present when the shutter was open was the light from the flash.
     
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    Thanks :bigthumb:

    I took this on film awhile back:
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    (ISO400 Ilford B&W film)
    It's kind of a mix between high-speed and double exposure. . .although it doesn't technically qualify as either. I just chambered one round and put in an empty clip so the slide would stay back, set the shutter speed of my trusty Nikkormat on 1/2sec, wound the timer, and listened for the click :noes: It isn't that great of a photo in my opinion, but it sure was a pain in the ass to take :mamoru:
     
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    :rofl: I went through a pretty large bag of apples in the first 3-4 nights after finishing the trigger :o They're messy as hell.
     
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    Joetabasco The Wing King

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    The best post I have seen in ages. Something new! Congrats man... its time to take a trip to the electronics store.
     
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    man where do you get green veroboard from :squint:
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    are you shooting in your basement or something? :dunno:
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    This one is the best IMO :coold: I kind of wish I still had an unfinished basement :mamoru:
     
  25. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    i shoot my .22 in my basement all the time :hsughno:
     

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