2fast4u is not „only“ a high speed photography exhibition, but also an
initiative for new education. Pioneered by Harold Edgerton, this
photography, which combines science and art so beautifully, has inspired
many students and people all over the world to look further and try to
understand the unknown and that is what science is all about.
„Well, there has never been anything as big, so it must be the world’s largest high speed photography exhibition!“ ~ Bob Edgerton, Son of Harold Edgerton (2007)
Make your OWN!
We are working on setting up a new part of our website, which will offer
an open-source description on how to build your own High-Speed
Photography equipment. We recently built a Piddler for the Science
Center in North Carolina, which featured a self-built LED-based strobotac.
April 2007. Exhibition in Wolfsberg, Austria
May 2007 and January 2008. 2fast4u at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
July 2007 and September 2007. 2fast4u in Koetschach Mauthen, Austria
April 2008. Exhibition at the Science Center in Hickory, North Carolina
2007. MIT Tech
2008. iPressl and the HTL Wolfsberg are building a piddler for the High Speed Photography Exhibition in NC (link).
2008. iPressl and the HTL Wolfsberg are working on a new concept for the
Balloon-popping Object at the Edgerton Center in Aurora, Nebraska (link).
October 2007. Ukranian Photography Magazin: Photographer
Holding a Light bulb after a „Perfect Shot“ (the Light bulb structure persists)
in the Strobe Laboratory at the Edgerton Center at MIT, 2007.
Daniel Pressl is
a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a Materials
Science Diploma from the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria. He has
worked in a variety of industries including the automotive industry, the
biomaterials and medical implants sector and is now writing his thesis
on electromagnetically-based welding techniques for the FORD – MIT
alliance. Daniel owns his own company iPressl and is the founder of
Redwired.org, a rapidly growing social networking site serving in a
similar fashion as Facebook.com and Craigslist.org, but marketed
specifically to Austrians. Furthermore, he is the CPO of the startup
Aerogel Technologies, LLC working on new materials for the insulation
market. In spring 2007 he was the organizer of 2fast4u, the Largest High
Speed Photography Exhibition in the World, displaying more than 100
prints and more than a dozen interactives. Daniel is also an
accomplished rock climber and speaks four languages fluently.
The Piddler (built at MIT)
a collaboration with the HTL Wolfsberg
Piddler uses an LED-based strobotac, which was built at MIT in
collaboration with two students from the HTL Wolfsberg (Bernhard Heine
and Markus Dohr). It has been donated to the Hickory Museum of Art in
Hickory, North Carolina.
Find a kit and a description how to make your OWN strobotac in our make your own section, at the bottom of the page.
High Speed Video Compilation (filmed at MIT)
a collaboration with the HTL Wolfsberg Austria
Filmed at MIT in the Fall of 2007 in collaboration with two students from the HTL Wolfsberg (Bernhard Heine and Andreas Maier).
Opening of 2fast4u in Wolfsberg
Wolfsberg, 31st of March, 2007
1. First, consider buying an ok digital camera:
need to make sure that the camera supports the „Bulb“ function, which
lets you keep the shutter open for an unlimited amount of time.
You need a good flash (in many experiments I have used a Vivitar
Flash). For bullet photography, you need something called a
„Microflash“, because you need light only for a 1/1000000 of a second!
Now, here is the crucial part of the experiment: You need a so called
„trigger“ that will trigger the flash at the right time!
a. Optical Trigger (Laser)
b. Audio Trigger (Microphone)
c. Contact Trigger (can easily be manufactured with two sheets of Aluminum foil)
Feel free to contact (Contact or firstname.lastname@example.org) me with any questions regarding the triggers!
4. Set up the scene that you would like to photgraph (adjust focus, f-stops, …).
5. Switch off the lights in the room.
6. Open the shutter (using the „Bulb“ function).
7. Action! (Fire the bullet, paintball, or do anything else in your scene that will set off the trigger).
8. The flash will go off (probably not at the right time or maybe at the right time!).
9. Close the shutter.
10. Switch the light back on in the room and study your captured High Speed Photograph.
Iterate point 4-10, until you have the right setup and delays for the
trigger to capture the exact moment that you would like to photograph.
12. With some additional little investments you can make professional prints yourself!: