Frozen in Motion: 24 Stunning High Speed Photographs

Water Droplet Mushrooms
High Speed Water Mushrooms 1

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High Speed Water Mushrooms 3

Looking like alien mushrooms carefully preserved after an extraterrestrial expedition, these bizarre forms are actually liquid droplets captured in motion with a high-speed flash, micro controller and a knack for precise timing. Artist León Dafónte Fernánde uses water, cream, milk or a combination, sometimes thickened with guar gum or glucose, tinted with food coloring to get these unusual results.

High-Speed Liquid Sculptures
High Speed Reugels 1

High Speed Reugels 2

High Speed Reugels 3

German photographer Markus Reugels achieves a very similar, blown-glass-like effect in his own high-speed water droplet photography. Again, the water is slightly thickened to make it just dense enough to dance in the most unexpected of ways. Reugels creates all of these various patterns by delaying the time and amount of droplets and taking the image at just the right moment.

Dancing Colors: Sound Wave Visualizations
High Speed Dancing 1

High Speed Dancing 2

High Speed Dancing 3

Sound waves are seen in ethereal splashes of red, blue, green and yellow in Fabian Oefner’s ‘Dancing Colors’ series. The movement of the colored pigments is the result of music pulsing through a speaker, which is wrapped in thin plastic and covered in powder. When the speaker is turned on, the plastic vibrates, shooting the pigment into the air.

Stark Black Water by Shinichi Maruyama
High Speed Water Shooting 1
High Speed Water Shooting 2
High Speed Water Shooting 3

A master of the high-speed water sculpture technique, Shinichi Maruyama has spent years researching and experimenting with just the right conditions to produce his stunning images. This research makes it easier for him to control the direction of the final photograph, rather than leaving it all up to chance – though naturally, he can never know exactly how it will look. This series is entitled ‘Kusho,’ which means ‘Writing in the Sky.’