High Speed and Technical Photographs / 4694

Prof. Andrew Davidhazy

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High Speed photograph of barnswallow returning to nest I

A barnswallow returning to its nest to feed its chicks is caught in mid-flight just as it is about to touch down on the edge of its nest. On its way to the nest the bird passed through a laser bean that activated a 35mm camera which in turn fired a 1/10,000 second duration electronic flash. The short duration flash accounts for the fact the bird's wingtips are quite sharp in spite of the speed at which they were moving. The synchronizer responded to the interruption of light by the bird as it approached its nest.