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Archive 2007 · #239: Target Practice
  
 
Tom Basore
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p.1 #1 · #239: Target Practice


Target practice is another use for empty bottles as long as the shards are contained. This bottle was shot with a .22 long rifle cartridge traveling at approx. 1,000 feet per second. This experiment was done safely in a very controlled environment. Comments and Criticism always appreciated.









Feb 19, 2007 at 04:44 AM
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p.1 #2 · #239: Target Practice


Whoa! I am impressed! I have to think about how this was done. Great capture.

Al



Feb 19, 2007 at 04:47 AM
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p.1 #3 · #239: Target Practice


"Tom...TOM...TOOOMMM...what are you doing down there" (in the basement)

Oh nothing honey...just taking some more pictures for the WA

Great timing, and great image.



Feb 19, 2007 at 04:54 AM
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p.1 #4 · #239: Target Practice


I have to go to the range tommorrow for sure now! This is a FUN shot for sure. Great great great. HA HA HA . How did you do it? HH


Feb 19, 2007 at 04:57 AM
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p.1 #5 · #239: Target Practice


Great!!!

So, travelling about 1 foot per millisecond, and the shutter response time of your 350D is, what, maybe 80ms? So you rigged an infrared trigger 80 feet from the bottle, in your giant basement, and...?
Oh wait, of course, shutter open on bulb, time a flash with a sonic trigger...



Feb 19, 2007 at 06:08 AM
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p.1 #6 · #239: Target Practice


My God, Tom!! Hands down 1st Place winner!!! No question! We all can now pack up and go home. Unbelievable!

All the best,

Endre



Feb 19, 2007 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #7 · #239: Target Practice


Thank you all for your kind comments.

The set up was a Vivitar 283 flash rewired to shoot at the shortest duration (reportedly around 1/40,000 sec). The flash was triggered by a switch made of 2 pieces of aluminum foil separated by rubber tape placed around 8" from the bottle. The camera was set at 1 second shutter, f/3.5, ISO 100.



Feb 19, 2007 at 06:35 AM
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p.1 #8 · #239: Target Practice


Wow!


Feb 19, 2007 at 08:39 AM
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p.1 #9 · #239: Target Practice


Tom, How many shots and bottles? Did you shoot thru the tape? Please post any pics of the set up. I see a guest appearance on myth busters for you.


Feb 19, 2007 at 12:01 PM
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p.1 #10 · #239: Target Practice


Very cool. Nicely done. sf


Feb 19, 2007 at 12:11 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · #239: Target Practice


Cool.

All you need is a cigar, and you'd have my favorite Federal Department;

Alcohol
Tobacco &
Firearms

I'd love to hear more about the set-up. Long live the Viv 283! Please tell me you used duct tape! Just one more use.

Oh, what is photography coming too! I saw on DP that Sony has a camera chip that will take 300 frames per second. That means each birthday party can be ten times longer and skills like for this pic may become a black art. Here comes spray-n-pray!

New Sony Sensor

Mark

Edited by anselwannab on Feb 19, 2007 at 06:54 AM GMT



Feb 19, 2007 at 01:44 PM
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p.1 #12 · #239: Target Practice


Just a great shot Tom, and intriguing setup. I'm also wondering of you shot thru the switch you made. How many takes??
This image is a real standout!!
Peter



Feb 19, 2007 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · #239: Target Practice


Fantastic shot! and Very well done!


Feb 19, 2007 at 01:59 PM
Tom Basore
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p.1 #14 · #239: Target Practice


Thank you again for your comments.

This shot is the 4th bottle, I shot 6 round total (2 without bottles), and took around 30 shots with my camera to test the setup. One of the issues was that because of the fast duration the light area was fairly small or if the flash was farther away from the bottle the lighting was not sufficient to get detail or detail was lost in noise.

This is my first bottle shot test. Not knowing the response time of the trigger I put the trigger in front of the bottle. The gases from the rifle triggered the flash. I thought this shot interesting because of the visible gas and the bullet.







The trigger for my entry shot was larger than the one pictured and around 8" from the bottle on the other side. Another interesting outcome of the posted shot was the fisheye effect on the background material. This was not present on the fabric in my setup shots. There were several more of these circles on the pre-cropped version of this shot. I am not sure if they were caused by gas or shards of glass??

HH and Peter, the tape was at 2 ends of the foil with the center of the switch separated the thickness of the rubber tape...rubber tape is about 3 times thicker than common electrical tape. Oh and Mark, I did use one small piece of duct tape to help secure the trigger on the entry shot.

Again, thank you all for your comments.



Feb 19, 2007 at 02:53 PM
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p.1 #15 · #239: Target Practice


CSI, Kansas?! Wow, Tom. Very amazing shot (pun not intended, but it's a given).


Feb 19, 2007 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #16 · #239: Target Practice


I noticed the craters too I assumed they were from the glass hitting the fabric


Feb 19, 2007 at 03:08 PM
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p.1 #17 · #239: Target Practice


Wow! Talk about an action shot. I was pretty happy with my entry... until I saw yours


Feb 19, 2007 at 03:15 PM
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p.1 #18 · #239: Target Practice


Excellent capture Tom! Great work. Now let's all compete for 2nd place...


Feb 19, 2007 at 03:34 PM
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p.1 #19 · #239: Target Practice


Nicely done! An ingenious setup, well executed.


Feb 19, 2007 at 04:17 PM
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p.1 #20 · #239: Target Practice


Tom....this is absolutely my Favorite!! My husband being in law enforcement for over 40 years
and a true 'gun buff' immediately thought that that would be a great idea. But you certainly
pulled it off brilliantly. The lemonade bottle is even interesting on its own!! What timing!
Congratulations!!

Patty



Feb 19, 2007 at 07:04 PM
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