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…