12 Extraordinary Pictures Of Bullets Slicing Through Water Droplets

What do you get when you combine a speeding lump of metal with a fragile drop of water? Beautiful photography.

1. Photographer Lex Augusteijn has achieved the seemingly impossible; captured the moment a bullet slices through a water droplet using high-speed photography.

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2. Lex, from the Netherlands, has dedicated himself to high-speed photography since picking up his first camera in 1976.

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3. The Dutch photographer developed all his own prints, until the decline of the form in the 1990s.

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4. His passion was rekindled when he got his first digital camera in 2001.

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5. These images are captured using a laptop, which releases the water droplet, opens the shutter and shoots the bullet.

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The images are frozen by the flash speed. I can go as low as 1/40.000 by reducing flash power. The bullet is real, though fired by a coil gun, which has much less energy than an air rifle, which again has lower energy than fire arms.

Via Lex Augusteijn, telegraph.co.uk
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7. Lex also likes to fire bullets at water balloons.

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8. And lightbulbs.

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9. Eggs.

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10. Coke cans.

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11. Dice.

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12. Liquorice Allsorts and Bin Laden/George Bush playing cards.

Lex Augusteijn

Lex Augusteijn

 

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Matt Tucker is the UK picture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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