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Now This Is A Photo Bomb: High-Speed Photographer Blows Up Christmas Toys And Captures It All On Cam
November 16, 2012
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This is either amazing or twisted. Or maybe a bit of both.

And if you really, really love Christmas and all the gift giving that goes with it, you might even find it offensive.

But it's hard to argue that it makes for some pretty spectacular photos.

All of this is the work of Alan Sailer, a high-speed photographer from Camarillo, California. Sailer is known for his incredible images of everyday objects being destroyed.

For his latest project, he decided to get a bunch of children's toys and blow them up with firecrackers, capturing the moment they explode on camera.

And Sailer spares no toy - not Mickey Mouse, not Tweety Pie, not even My Little Pony.


He even blows a Rubik's Cube to smithereens.

He told The Mirror "The poor defenseless toys are common, so I pick them up from garage sales. I try my best to keep the costs under a dollar per shot."

now-this-is-a-photo-bomb-high-speed-photographer-blows-up-Christmas-toys-and-captures-it-all-on-camera-feature1.jpg "I will admit that it is fun to mess with toy archetypes. I have to smile when an icon of sweet innocence like My Little Pony crumbles to pieces in rather horrifying way."

To blow up all this stuff, Alan uses a modified firecracker that can be fired using an electrical signal. He then has to synchronize the opening of the camera shutter with the explosion.

He says the camera doesn't have to be special - it just needs a manual focus and manual settings.

"The flash is the key," Sailer said. "The flash is really fast about 1 millionth of a second and it stops the action."

now-this-is-a-photo-bomb-high-speed-photographer-blows-up-Christmas-toys-and-captures-it-all-on-camera-feature4.jpg "The detector/trigger is also critical. It detects that the debris from the explosion has arrived and fires the flash at just the right instant. Getting that right instant is the art and can take many tries," he said.

But even Sailer isn't 100% perfect. Some toys have lived to see another day.

"The strongest toys are not in my picture show. They survived the explosions and thus made bad pictures. Reverse Darwinism I guess."


Incidentally, toys aren't the only thing Sailer has destroyed.

He's also turned his lens, and his gun, to a number of foods, shooting everything from Brussel Sprouts to Camembert cheese and catching it all on camera.

You can see more of Sailer's photos here - everything from exploding beer bottles, pumpkins, cell phones, ceramic Santas and ceramic roosters.

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