Destin of Smarter Every Day took the lens off his Canon 60D, pointed a Phantom Flex high speed video camera at the shutter, and took a picture. The exposure cycle happens in four stages and lasts less than a tenth of a second in real time, but the Phantom Flex stretches that action out to almost a full minute of screen time at YouTube framerates. Udi Tirosh of DIYPhotography.net breaks it down. [Thanks, Udi!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://beatseqr.com steve cooley

    Haha.. things you can do before you have a baby.

  • http://www.paulhicks.co Paul Hicks

    The photography students at RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia did this in 1975 comparing a Nikon Nikkormat SLR with ( I think )a Minolta using a HyCam high speed film camera at an even higher frame rate. As cameras were not made to the same tolerances in those days there was more wobble and bounce in the mirrors. I seem to remember we found the Minolta to be smoother.