Day 46 – 12/21/10 – Sawdust

Here’s another shot in the Tools theme.  I’ve been thinking about this one for some time, and was surprised by how easy it was to make.  I’d expected the lighting to require a more elaborate setup than was actually necessary.

I was hoping to capture the sawdust flying on this one, and was relatively successful.  I was also planning to experiment with various shutter speeds.  I’d envisioned a high shutter speed resulting in a nearly stop action image, and a slow speed resulting in a smooth blur effect.  In actuality, you’d be surprised by how similar this shot looks at 1/30th of a second and 1/1000th of a second.  Apparently it takes a much higher speed to freeze this blade.

A circular saw mid-cut, sawdust flying.

A circular saw mid-cut, sawdust flying.

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4 Responses to Day 46 – 12/21/10 – Sawdust

  1. What speed is this shot at?? I love the sawdust in the air and the smoothness of the blade! Impressive shot 🙂

    • Jim Reed says:

      Thanks! This shot is actually at 1/1000th of a second to freeze the sawdust. The shots at 1/30th looked nearly identical in terms of the blade, but the sawdust either disappeared or blurred into streaks that looked like little scratches on the blade.

  2. I am sure the RPM on that sucker is rather high! Did you try using a flash to freeze the blade? Great shot by the way, I too love the saw dust. 😀

  3. Jim Reed says:

    You know, I didn’t think to use a flash on it to be honest. I may go back and give that a shot just to see if it’s fast enough to freeze it.

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