Attempt at capturing a muzzle flash.

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  1. TheMightyGoat

    TheMightyGoat TPF Noob!

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    I did this more for documenting purposes than artistic ones but I think it turned out fairly interesting.

    Taken at night with a single flash on a timer.

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    It is interesting indeed! Good job. Don't understand "on a timer" though. Can you elaborate on your set up?
     
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    Meaning it was a camera-mounted flash and the camera was on a self-timer on a tripod.
     
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    I still don't understand how that coincides with the timing of the shot itself. How did you coordinate the two?
     
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    Good shot! Reminds me of the old Nikon advertisements from the early 1980's when they invented the world's first 1/4000 second focal plane shutter, showing a .38 Special bullet moving through the air as a demonstration of what 1/4000 second could do.

    It looks to me like we're seeing the bullet moving through space in your photo as well. Cool!
     
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    Oh. You mean "shot" as in the shot from the pistol. Not the image from the camera.

    Yeah. I practiced. I pulled the trigger exactly when the self-timer ran out.
     
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    That's a terrific picture. No suggestions at all. Well done.
     
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    Very cool
     
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    Yup, you can see the bullet in flight just in front of the muzzle. The slide has just began its rearward travel.

    Great shot. I would be interested in hearing how you triggered your shot as well to time it with the firing of the pistol.
     
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    Just practice. I stood in front of the camera as the timer was going off and got a feel for when the flash was about to fire. Then I would pull the trigger at the same time.

    I have a bunch of other shots of shells ejecting and the like, if anyone is interested, but none quite so interesting as the one I posted.
     
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    Ah, thanks for the follow-up.

    I figured it was a VERY lucky shot. Literally one in a million!
     
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    I would be QUITE surprised if this shot was real. The red color near the muzzle and the total lack of movement in the slide are very strange. This was a decent attempt at Photoshopping a muzzle flash but it just seems too motionless to me.
     

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