Shooting Challenge: 9 High-Speed Shots

This week we wanted high-speed shots, and high-speed shots we got. It's not the easiest shooting challenge theme that we've run, but the results are some of the most impressive. Click through to see all nine reader-submitted photos, and tell us which one you like the most.

Hayden Shepherd

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Canon 60d - 85mm [email protected] - 1/8000 - ISO800 - 2xOCF

This is the result from an evening of water throwing with my lady and the housemates outside on our balcony. A little trial and error to get the settings right and then we just had fun.

Karthik Ramaswamy

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I don't know if this qualifies for this High Speed Shooting Challenge, but everything/everyone captured in this snap were moving really fast :)

SCG 26th Feb 2012 Australia vs India Sony 520VE Camcorder with settings set to HQ Brewongle Stands

Gautam Gambhir and Sachin at the crease. Ben Hifenhaus bowling to Gautam Gambhir. If you look closely, you can see the ball in the air which was my point of interest. This was fast :)

Hope you like it :)

Tibor Congo

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Typical engineer, getting these shots the night before. Hope you like this effort, I liked the idea of the linked article to taking the shutter mech out of the equation and only feeding the sensor with minimum light to capture a 'moment' in time. Ingredients for this shot are: tripod, 5sec shutter, ISO100, 1100D, 55mm, beer glass, water, flash (@ shortest, 1/16s setting), brother (for gear and intel), mum (for water pouring prowess) I did do some light edits with, crop to frame the action, slightly lower brightness and white balance to get the blues straight (er). Oh and I feel it's only appropriate to title the shots, so I shall name this ... H2slow

Zhou Xu

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Camera: Canon 50D Lens: EF-s 18-200mm (200mm) 320 ISO 1/200s f/22 Remote triggered flash

Recently, I have built a rig with LEGO NXT bricks to capture high-speed droplet. And happened to notice this challenge. So this is my first entry to a photo challenge. I did several hundred trials with this rig, and had quite a few exciting shoots. Building the rig itself is also a lot of fun, including a few wire hacks on the lego NXT, and water pump DIY. So now it becomes fully automated with just mouse clicks. BTW, much thanks to my friends Tony and Dacian for their building advice.

David Erskine

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Went for a walk down to the Quicksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks and took my newly bought 70-200 ISII (amazing!) with my 550D. I don't like "normal" shoots so always like to try different angles or framing to make it not stock. This shoot was intentional but amazingly lucky in that I only expected to get someone surfing not mid slash!

Jeremy Marks

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I was recently on a family holiday to Thailand and thought it'd be awesome to get some action shots of us jumping into the pool using multi-shot-super-speed-sports-mode. My brothers thought it'd be awesome to see how many times they could get me to do a belly flop without realising that's what they were trying to do. Some of the snaps actually turned out pretty well! Luckily this one was taken relatively early on before my whole body went red from hitting the water so many times... Isn't family wonderful?!

Camera: Sony NEX-5 Lens: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/2500 sec F number: F6.3

Brett James

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Taken with a Canon 600D - 18-55mm kit lens

Long time reader, first time entering this challenge! My girlfriend and I recently decided it was time to get a camera! After reading a ton of forum posts, reviews and visiting our local Harvey Norman (not to purchase, just to have a look) we decided that the Canon 600D would be best for us.

We ordered the camera on Tuesday night (through the JB website) and had it delivered on Thursday, from Hong Kong to Brisbane in just two days!

The rain has been stopping us going outside for the past few days (South East Queensland) however that hasn't stopped us from taking photos.

This photo was taken just 30 minutes after reading of the challenge. We do not have access to a completely dark background or a second flash as suggested in the linked description on the Challenge, however we made do with what was available. Some water, a jug and a Kinder Surprise toy container :)

After a few attempts we nailed this shot!

Erlyn Munroe

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Dropped a kinder surprise shell into the water then captured the water dripping from it as it was picked up out of the water.

Taken with a Canon EOS 600D ISO speed: ISO-400 Focal length: 96 m Exposure time: 1/60 sec.

Anon Jiamprayoon

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I've seen this kind of shot done before so I gave it a go too! I was terrible with the timing but got there in the end.

EXIF Summary: 1/25s f/5.6 ISO100 55mm (35mm eq:82mm)

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