One of the highlights of being associated with high speed flash photography for so many years is the network of geeks, technoids and creatives that I have encountered and nurtured. It has resulted in strong friendships, interesting assignments and even some fantastic consulting opportunities.
I am thrilled to be a part of the extended Hadland Imaging team – Hadland Imaging has a very long history in high speed film and high speed video. If you need a video camera capable of 10 million frames a second (yes, you read that right…) Hadland are the folks to seek out. Not only do they supply solutions for high speed video, but now they also cater for high speed infrared video. And lighting. And analysis. And a bunch of other things. But more on that in later posts…..
By way of introduction, I just spent the weekend working with an iX Cameras model 720 monochrome camera. This beast is capable of 9280 frames per second at 1080p and an insane 750000 frames per second at lower resolutions!
I won’t bore you with technical details – they are available here: http://www.ix-cameras.com/7-Series/ but I will show you a video that I shot and uploaded within a couple of hours of opening the case it came in….
This is a hummingbird hovering in natural light. Shot at 5000 frames per second.
The setup was super-simple and is shown here –
I put the feeder up on a stand in the middle of the lawn, and it took my local hummingbirds about 3 minutes to find it. I then triggered the camera manually when there was a hummer hovering in a suitable location.
The information that videos like this produce is incredibly useful. Flight dynamics, muscle structures, reaction times can all be analyzed. Try doing that with just your own eyes in real time!
This is what I achieved in literally my first couple of hours with the machine. I am looking forward to doing and posting a whole lot more….
For more high speed imaging information, see www.hadlandimaging.com