Trying To Catch A Fighter Jet With 24,000 Watts Of Light
Stock Photographer Yuri Arcurs definitely went big with this experimental photoshoot, to see if it would be possible to shoot a fast moving fighter jet, and actually light it up with flashes. This behind the scenes video shows us how difficult it was to pull off, but that the end result justifies the elaborate and at times frustrating work.
According to the video, the plane was moving from anywhere between 250-500 kilometers an hour. I’d have to imagine they asked the pilot to fly as slow as safely possible, but it’s still very fast, and getting the distance and exposure right was surely a challenge by itself.
Yuri himself commented on the YouTube page, where he indicated that his reason to use a Hasselblad was due to its sync capabilities (up to 1/800). To add to the complexity, a one-second shutter delay made timing of the shot very difficult.
This was definitely an interesting way to capture this subject, and I do always appreciate images that are captured in camera rather than simply composited from a studio shoot… but what do you think? The final image was photoshopped onto a background from another shot, so does it really matter?
One thing I can’t argue with is trying something new. Forced experimentation and pushing our abilities to the limit is something we need to continually do as visual artists of any kind.