Dutch photographer Alexander Augusteijn captures beautiful collisions. His high-speed photographs freeze the exact moment when a bullet intersects with a single drop of water. This moving and instantaneous target isn’t an easy thing to document, and it requires his patience, correct timing, and a complex studio setup. The result, however, is absolutely stunning as we see a solitary droplet sliced in two before it bellows back into the liquid. Its impact is mirrored in the water’s reflection and showcases the intricate bursts of subdued pink and blue hues.
The most difficult part of this process was figuring out the calculations needed to produce a successful photo. After a lot of trial and error, Augusteijn determined the exact location where droplet and pellet meet. He was then able to refine his technique, and it begins when a carefully-measured amount of water drops from a time-released valve. Once it falls to its predetermined point, it causes a reaction and a gun is fired. This simultaneously activates the camera’s flash and shutter, which quickly illuminates the subject and captures it on camera. The incredible process only takes about 28 milliseconds to complete and creates an image that’s frozen in time.