Update: Yesterday, I accidentally posted this to Google+, so decided to just go ahead and update it. See the bottom of the post for more info.
Okay, the title may be ever so slightly misleading … what I meant was how to catch a bullet inflight with a camera. 🙂
For some time now, I’ve wanted to try some sequence shots of a semi-automatic pistol in action. This weekend provided the perfect opportunity while a photographer friend was visiting and we had a nice warm, sunny day.
(Yes, I know you can stop a bullet in flight with flash and trigger of some sort, but this was done the old fashioned way … pure luck!)
We set the camera at ISO 400 for a fast shutter speed of 1/6,000th of a second at f/3.3 using a fast 85mm lens on a Nikon D700. Then while I did the shooting, my buddy took the photos. Fortunately, I had the MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack on my D700 so the burst rate was up to 8 fps. The pistol was a Beretta Px4 Storm, shooting .40 caliber S&W ammunition.