Frozen Moment, Constructed and Captured

Frozen Moment

A frozen moment can be described as a story frozen in time, this may be portrayed through an image, a song, literature and much more. Photography allows for a freeze frame of history, pausing time, to be reviewed, reassessed and in some cases reveal what the eye didn’t see.

In 1957, MIT electrical engineering professor Harold Edgerton developed a special photographic strobe that allowed the camera to freeze an object that would normally be to too fast for the human eye to see.

High-speed photography is defined as any set of photographs captured by a camera capable of 128 frames per second or greater, and of at least three consecutive frames.

In common usage, high-speed photography may refer to either or both of the following meanings. The first is that the photograph itself may be taken in a way as to appear to freeze the motion, especially to reduce motion blur. The second is that a series of photographs may be taken at a high sampling frequency or frame rate. The first requires a sensor with good sensitivity and either a very good shuttering system or a very fast strobe light. The second requires some means of capturing successive frames, either with a mechanical device or by moving data off electronic sensors very quickly.

Research References


This research allowed me to look in to a different area of photography I previously new very little about, I learnt about its origin whilst viewing various images under the topic of high speed photography. It also gave me an insite into photographing  a subject in a different way.


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