Strobe Photography: Falling Objects!

A black background does wonders to improve the presentation:

Clay slab - 180 ms
Clay slab – 180 ms

That’s ISO 800, 1/10 s, f/8, 30 cm manual focus, with the flash about 20 cm away in the right foreground. The Xenon flash has a 1 µF capacitor giving a pulse width of about 100 µs. The LED visible on the lower right flashed 1 ms after the lump broke the laser beam.

Rather than do science, I shoveled small objects through the aperture…

Falling LED striplight
Falling LED striplight
Falling Sierpinski gasket
Falling Sierpinski gasket
Falling clay block
Falling clay block
Falling cotton swab
Falling cotton swab
Falling AA cell
Falling AA cell
Falling SDHC Card
Falling SDHC Card
Falling lock washer
Falling lock washer

That was fun…