Category: High Speed Photography

October 31, 2016

Archerfish Hunting

This is is the Archerfish from Asia. These amazing fish have the unusual habit of feeding on land-based insects. Even more unique is their method of hunting their chosen prey. They spit a powerful jet of water at their dinner knocking it from overhanging foliage into the water, where the fish quickly gobbles them up!…
September 5, 2016

Photographing Flying Squirrels with High Speed Flash

Flying Squirrels are fairly common, although seldom seen members of the rodent family. The Southern Flying Squirrel is found throughout the Eastern half of the United States. The Northern version is only found in the Northern most tier of states and in Canada. One of the biggest challenges of this project was attracting, and training…
July 22, 2016

Flying Squirrel Landing

I have to say I think Flying Squirrels are quite possibly the cutest mammal in Michigan! Although “flying” squirrel is not quite accurate. These animals are not capable of actually powered flight like birds and bats. Instead they glide like a paper airplane on a membrane of skin called a patagium. This membrane runs from…
July 15, 2016

Firefly in Flight

And… Now for something completely different! This is (I believe) a firefly in flight. I created this image with the help of the Cognisys Insect Rig. Which combined with a dual laser beam trigger system, a high-speed electro-magnetic shutter, and high-speed flashes makes creating images like this possible. The camera’s shutter is left open on…
July 12, 2016

“Final Approach” Flying Squirrel

I have been working on this image for about 6 months now. Nearly all of that time was spent attracting the squirrels, and then subsequently training them to go where I would be able to photograph them. It has been a fun and challenging project and this is from the first night I spent actually…
June 21, 2016

Four Simple Steps to Improve your Photography

Photo Tip: Four simple things anyone can do to become a better photographer. Your photography is your art and as such there are no rules. But, here are a few very simple things you can do to immediately improve your photographs. Fill the frame: Get closer, empty space in the frame just pulls the viewers…
June 11, 2016

Detroit Performs Feature

I was very honored to have my work and myself featured on the PBS television show Detroit Performs. Special thanks to Sarah Zientarski-Smith Producer, Editor, Interviewer, and Storyteller extraordinaire, and Chad Schwartzenberger Videographer, who’s artistry and vision are very much apparent throughout the video.
March 2, 2016

The Cognisys Sabre

I finally got a chance to go out and play with my new Cognisys Sabre. The Sabre is a camera trigger that uses a LIDAR (light and radar) based sensor which emits a pulse of light and then measures the time it takes to return. When something breaks the beam it fires the camera. One…
December 21, 2015

High Speed Photography – Bullfrog

I have had this image in my head for quite some time. The first step was to build the stage for our star “Billy Bullfrog”. A trip to the local swamp with a couple five gallon pails was required to collect all of the materials for the set. A lovely moss covered rock would be…
November 18, 2015

High Speed Photography Pallid Bat Getting a Drink

  Just returned from a great scouting trip to Southern Arizona. While there I spent a couple nights photographing bats drinking on the wing from a small pond in the dessert. To create this image an infrared beam was wired up to four high-speed flashes. My tripod mounted camera was set on a twenty second…