Capturing Exploding Glass With Silver Acetylide and Flash Photography

Capturing images of high speed events can be done in many different ways. In this video, flickr member Jon Rutlen went with a more explosive approach. Using a sound capturing device to trigger his camera, Jon shattered a bunch of different glasses in front of his DSLR camera and recorded the unique moment easily, reliably, and ultimately in a pretty safe environment. I remember my organic chemistry classes pretty vividly and Silver Acetylide is nothing to play around with so don't try this at home (I know no one really listens to that warning right?). I think the next step Jon and crew need to take is lighting the glasses in a more pleasing manner with some backlighting and off axis lighting to really give some depth to these explosions. Since we just launched our BTS Contest and everyone is thinking with a bit more creativity, what do you guys suggest Jon does to take this shoot to the next level?

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for one i would say PLEASE increase the subject to background distance....i mean they did say they're leaving the shutter open and then just using the flash to achieve the exposure....with the flash that close, you could get f/8 at iso 100 at like 1/16 power....so you still have a wicked fast flash duration.......only the subject would be exposed properly...with no hideous shadows ruining the cleanliness of the photo... prob have to do the experiment at night...

Paul Houston's picture

This has SO MUCH potential... Neat idea though.  Keep working on this, I'd love to see a follow up.

David Martin's picture

The principle definitely works. Chemistry and electronics A+. Lighting needs work - lots of work but should not be too hard to get some visually stunning images.

i really like the headless man at 2:43 :D ;) cool tech setup!

Julio's picture

These pictures are as good as the ones that fstoppers posted of the guy wakeboarding indoors. The only issue is the photos needs some editing. I guarantee if you guys ran a contest on who can edit these photos the best that we would see some AHHHmazing stuff. Dont knock these guys until you see a final edited image!!!

Patrick Hall's picture

While I agree to some extent, I think as a photographer you should be responsible for releasing the work you want to be seen.  No reason in releasing a bunch of 'uneditied' images if they aren't going to be the final product.  Also, like others have been saying, a little extra in the lighting department would go a long ways.