• The pellet, post-ricochet off the frozen peep
  • A bit of "fog"... evidence of the coldness of the peep.
  • Microphone was just off this way.
  • Peep face, looking evil (as peeps are, of course... or were, before we killed them ;-)

    And is it just me, or does he look like Jabba the Hutt?

Easter at the Lab

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It's becoming a bit of a tradition, now, to do mean things to peeps at the Hackerbot Labs around easter time. Last year, we electrocuted some peeps in a vacuum; this year, we opted for freezing them in liquid nitrogen and then shooting them with a pellet gun, as seen here.

Many thanks to Xander and Phil for their help in setting up the circuit (photo) for doing the triggering (on an Arduino), and to 3ric for supplying the LN2 and a fair bit of the inspiration. Thanks also to Bre for sending his high-speed photography rig our way, though alas it did not arrive in time to use it (which means extra special thanks to Xander and Phil for getting something else together in time), and to Lisa for doing a bunch of the clean-up, and to everyone else who helped out in one way or another.

The flash used was my newly purchased Vivitar 285HV, at 1/16th power, camera right sitting on a box about 18" away in wide angle mode with the diffuser in place, triggered as documented above (more details and more pictures of the setup (including me using "chopsticks" to place a peep) are in Xander's stream).


Blogged: by Xander, and then by MAKE, Arduino.

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  1. Phoquess Photography 85 months ago | reply

    Very cool photo, though I would rather eat the peep than destroy it. ^.^

  2. lindes 85 months ago | reply

    At least one person ate some peep remnants. ;-)

  3. Single Malt 85 months ago | reply

    Hahaha... Very cool! Those poor peeps...

  4. sophielovespeanutbutter 85 months ago | reply

    Heh heh. Peep guts everywhere. Perfect! :)

  5. Synoptic Labs 85 months ago | reply

    I think it was me who ate some of the remnants. Too bad the bit I picked up had already thawed so it was just sticky marshmallow again.

    (speaking of... you want to talk about sticky mess? Try shattering a dozen frozen marshmallows into dust on the floor and letting it thaw. jesus).

  6. kcl_in_pdx 85 months ago | reply

    Wow, I've never seen a peep shatter like that. What fun!

  7. fuzzirella 85 months ago | reply

    LOL! This is the best Peep shot I've seen this year!! Great job!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  8. Illuminating Distractions 80 months ago | reply

    Hi! I am an admin for a brand new group dedicated to pure high speed photography with exposures of 1/10000th of a second or faster. No snapshots of running dogs or rubbish like that. I don’t see any other groups which are just showing proper high speed photography.

    If you are interested then I would be very grateful if you would add this photo and any other high speed shots you have to the group below :O)



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