Moment of Impact: the amazing photography of Alan Sailer
Alan Sailer was an obscure photographer, shooting stuff with a pellet gun and a home-made microsecond flash. Then the social networks found him. By Rob Beschizza
Alan Sailer says he was an obscure photographer, working in his garage, shooting stuff with a pellet gun and capturing the results with a home-made microsecond flash. All it took was one picture to become a sudden hit on the social networks.
"My boss came by one day and told me my site was getting a huge number of views," he wrote on his Flickr page. "Emails from magazines, newspapers and even Good Morning America started clogging my FlickrMail box. It was very stressful."
Above, a lime and a lightbulb annihilate one another at great speed.
A gelatin-filled Christmas ornament disintegrates on contact with an old keyboard. Alan shoots his amazing photos using a hand-made, high-speed flash, which he constructed after studying articles at Scientific American and elsewhere: "If you do decide to try and build a flash from this information, please be careful. The main storage capacitor is pure death."
A ball of Play-Doh impacts a block of clay at 270 feet per second. Alan uses a Nikon D90 for most of his shots; the flash unit cost him about $300 to build.
Shot from a distance of just a few inches, a key lime makes short work of a slab of beef.
Alan describes this chaotic scene: "A glass and plastic-flower piece of junk gets sent to the dustbin by a fast-moving tea candle."
Some cashew nuts on the kitchen table "attracted my attention," he writes.
To create this chessboard scene, Alan replaced a piece's head with a less solid material to get a better effect. Though he wanted to use a configuration from a classic master game, they proved visually uninteresting. "It is probably an arrangement that is impossible by real world chess rules," he adds. "Deal with it."
This effect was created by loading up a Christmas ornament with paint and shooting it: "I tried dripping some of the paint on a gelatin filled globe, like the Sherwin-Williams logo. Crappy. But filling the globes looks good."
Andrew Cuomo's naked hostility drives out MTA president Andy Byford, the "Train Daddy" who has transformed the world's rail systems
Andy Byford comes from generations of public transportation workers and worked his way from a London Underground platform supervisor to running multiple British rail lines; then went to Australia where he oversaw Railcorp in NSW; then to Toronto, where he ran a successful five-year initiative that turned the TTC into the American Public Transportation Association's […]
Writing in The Journal of Health Economics, three economists claim (Sci Hub mirror) that "a one standard deviation reduction in daily stock market returns is associated with a 0.6% increase in fatal car accidents that happen after the stock market opening" and that this is robust across "a battery of falsification tests."
Banks have returned to the pre-2008 world of automatic credit-limit increases for credit cards used by already indebted people
"Proactive credit line increases" (PCLIs) are when your credit card company increases your credit limit without your asking for it; it was very common prior to the 2008 crisis, but the post-crisis rules largely put a stop to it. Now, banks have figured out regulatory loopholes that allow them to throw PCLIs at their most […]
It’s no secret that learning about data analytics is one of the best things you can do for your career in an increasingly data-driven world. Through five courses and over 70 lessons, the Data Analytics Expert Certification Bundle will give you the skills you need in order to become your company’s go-to numbers guru, and […]
Anyone who’s ever been fishing can attest to the fact that it can be mind-numbingly boring at times, which is where the intrepid GoFish Cam Wireless Underwater Fishing Camera comes into play. This WiFi-enabled camera will help you catch more fish and have more fun while you’re doing it, thanks to a 1080p lens that […]
Boxed wines have come a long way since their admittedly subpar debut, and it’s now possible to grab a box of wine that delivers a surprising amount of flavor and body for a price that won’t break the bank. This Boxxle Premium Wine Dispenser makes it even easier to enjoy your favorite bag-in-box wine by […]