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    Synchroballistic images of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2009. The images were made by adapting an analog camera into a "Slit Scan” cam… Read More
    Synchroballistic images of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2009. The images were made by adapting an analog camera into a "Slit Scan” camera, where the film moves continually through the camera past a narrow slit during the exposure at a speed calculated to synchronise with the speed of the moving subject. The technique has been around for over a century, typically used at race meetings to record the competitors at the finish line, a "photofinish”, or to record speeding objects in such applications as missile telemetry, known as “synchroballistic”. The success of the process is to synchronise the speed of the film moving through the camera to the speed of the subject. In effect the resulting image is of one linear strip of space, stretched over time, creating a temporal image which renders the stationary background into a blur of horizontal lines and pulls movement into sharp relief. Read Less
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Synchroballistic images of the insanely dangerous cliff diving championships in Rotterdam, hosted by Red Bull. The international group of divers jump from a platform 26 meters above Leuvehaven harbour, performing twists and somersaults before hitting the water (hopefully) feet first. 26 meters is the maximum height from which a diver can expect the hit the water without sustaining an injury, and even then the exact posture of the diver is critical. Apparently even in a good landing it still hurts.
It was this point that I chose to focus on, the water/air threshold, and the most crucial part of the dive. At a height of 26 meters, the diver tenses every muscle for the bone crunching impact at a speed of about 23 meters per second (51 miles per hour!). By aiming the camera just above the water surface, I could get the diver passing the camera just before impact, and then the up-splash as he becomes enveloped in water. 
Synchroballistic image of diver Gary Hunt of the UK at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of diver hitting the water at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of diver hitting the water at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of Orlando Duque from Colombia at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of Gary Hunt of the UK at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of diver hitting the water at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of diver hitting the water at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009
Synchroballistic image of Andrey Ignatenko from the Ukraine at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Rotterdam, 2009