Mr Sailer records the moment a bullet enters a radish.
This is one photographer who knows what a real photo shoot is. 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. (Photos)
Among the mundane props he turned into spectacular works of art are a foam sponge, a radish and Christmas decorations.
California-based Mr Sailer, 55, is an expert at high-speed photography.
These transparent Christmas globes filled with water bear the brunt of a bullet.
He takes his pictures in a dark room while positioned about 20cm 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.
Ten thin glass capillary rods shatter on impact.
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.
A row of elastic hair bands feels the force of another bullet.
He said: ‘The shooting is stressful. It takes time to set up the shot and then, it’s all over.
‘You may or may not have got a good picture and now there is a mess on your set-up, your camera, the garage.
The moment a Christmas decoration filled with colored sand explodes on contact with a bullet.
‘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.’
A bullet tears through a piece of rubber foam.
Via Daily Mail