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Broken Potential by TurtleVVisperer Broken Potential by TurtleVVisperer
Crayon shot with a pellet moving at 512 feet per second.
If you like this, you might like eggs shot with paintballs!

I recently got my high speed stuff out again and have been tinkering with it, trying to get better results. Hopefully some better stuff will come of it soon.

Check out my other high speed stuff on my website!

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Canon 40D + 50mm f/1.8
@ 1 second shutter speed, f/14, ISO 800
2 Strobes used to illuminate the scene quickly:
Strobotac 1531-AB
The quick flash creates an effective exposure of 3/1,000,000 of a second.
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:iconvisualjunky:
VisualJunky Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
WOW! The guy that shot the crayon did pretty well!!! Well done on capturing it!!!
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alraheef Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
<3
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Urs17 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Perfect timing,i love it :la:
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h3design Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
nice, which method did u use to capture the moment?
a sound trigger ?
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Yup, I used a sound trigger that was tripped when the pellet gun went off. That signal went to an Arduino microcontroller that I programmed to wait 13ms for the pellet to get to the crayon.
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h3design Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
hey , i also use an arduino :D its pretty good.
I use it for Water collisions. If you got time you can look in my gallery :)

But i dont have a sound trigger on it yet, but maybe iŽll buy one in a few month :)
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demicheli Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
wowwwwwwwwwwwwww
this is AMAZING!!
nice work
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Click-Click-Snap Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Photographer
AMAZING :O I am in love (<3
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pqphotography Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work featured in my journal :heart: :D
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solid-paradox Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
This wonderful piece has been featured here: [link]
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MyantheMayan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is incredible!!
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vdepatie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
nice shot !! :O
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Soczi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice reflex... ;)
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SingedSanity Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
wow thats incredible
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LUIS-P Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:iconbwavoplz:
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AtmikaChan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Love the Caption.
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CenixNova Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot, looks tasty to. :D
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admintu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool:D
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MrsClarify Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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FinnanOHare Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I've just seen the videos on your website. Fascinating! Great work. Do More!!!
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Oh I plan on it! I've been waiting for the weather to get nicer out, and I plan on doing more stop-motion / timelapse stuff soon. Thanks for the compliments.
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FinnanOHare Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Hell of a shot!! And a fascinating piccy! I will look at more!
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BiOzZ Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
camera axe?
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I'm using an arduino microcontroller that I programmed and wired up to work with the flashes that I'm using since they're kind of weird. I've never heard of the camera axe, I looked it up and that's a really cool tool and resource! Thanks for that.
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BiOzZ Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ahhh nice
im doing something similar with a larger gun [link]
im still using my nikon flash unit because im short of a good strobe and my home made highspeed flash unit is still awhile off from being done

i did work with the arduino for my water droplet rig [link]
i love that little microcontroller its so much easier than other microcontrollers out there
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Holy crap those air gap flashes look cool! Are you trying to build this right now? [link]
I really want to see how that turns out! I'm almost tempted to try building one someday. Where will you post updates on that project? I'm interested in seeing how it turns out.
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BiOzZ Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yup but instead of spending $90-$500 for the cap i made my own for $30 XD

yeah ill update along the way and ill journal occasionally about it but i can message you when i update the forum
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Ok sweet I subscribed to you and I'll take a look whenever you make progress. Making your own capacitor is an awesome idea to save money, good job.
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BiOzZ Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
sounds good
yeah i used a $20 50' roll of vinyl lining and a $8 roll of tinfoil than i cut the hole roll to size and cut 2 20' strips of th evynal than used spray glue to glue the foil than hand rolled it .. its poorly rolled but i get 44.3nf at well over 30KV
the HV transformer is a flyback transformer ripped from an old TV
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Oh man that sounds cool. Flybacks are really fun, have you ever seen the videos online of plasma speakers? They are seriously awesome.
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KaisuiTatsu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! I love high speed stuff!
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cench Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
excellent
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SomeoneWhoDoodles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crayon of crayola, this is awesome! I find it amazing how clear the specks are and how the crayon's bottom half is still standing.
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
After a little more time passes the crayons actually lifts off the ground perfectly level, it's pretty cool looking: [link]
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SomeoneWhoDoodles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is cool
How many crayons did you shoot for this?
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
That day I decided to take a break from another high speed project I'm trying to do (involves jello and is WAY messier) and I wanted to take a break and shoot something easier, so I shot 4 or 5 crayons that day.

Here's another scene from that day. I'm going to try to redo this shot sometime and do it better - I think it has some potential.
Before: [link]
After: [link]
I'm not sure what the message that I'm going for is - something about how those who stand out the most are taken down first. I'm not sure if that's good or not, but at least it should be an interesting image.

I also tried to shoot a card a few days before this but gave up after getting about 5 different anticlimactic shots like this: [link]
My electronics are about 50% reliable, so it takes a mix of planning and luck to get these photos. With a little time I'll have some cool new things to post! Thanks for the interest :)
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SomeoneWhoDoodles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The card idea looks cool, were you trying to capture a paper flurry when the bullet hit?
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I was trying to redo this shot I did a long time ago when I had poorer equipment: [link]
I'm hoping to finally get that shot again with a face card so they're beheaded XD
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Casual-observer-tmt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
This is really well done!

But... so sad...
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Cathorse Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Im not a fan of weapons but this picture was really nice
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sadaciC Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your high-speed photography but with this one I can't help but keep thinking: why not shoot it vertically?
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Do you mean, have the camera above the crayon looking down? I was thinking of trying that next actually, but I need to work out a stable way of suspending my camera above the rest of the equipment. Don't worry, it'll happen!

Hm, it would also be interesting to see a crayon shot head on. That might make a cool circle of crayon shrapnel.
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locomotive111 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Nice aim.
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
I originally meant to shoot a card that day, but I think my gun sites got knocked off because I couldn't hit it! So I settled for a crayon and eventually succeed. :)
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Cylinder-the-Autobot Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah... just... woah. :wow: GREAT shot!
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wannabebgirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats so amazing haha i love it :D
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heroud Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that projectil has a weird shape :P
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Yeah, it's a .177 caliber pellet. I'm not sure why they get skinnier in the middle...
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AmandaMache Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's soo cool
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
SMACKO!!!
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