This Pinhole Photo Project Was Done in Bullet Time

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All images and video by Brandon Griffiths. Used with permission.

When you hear the word pinhole, you often immediately think of long exposures and vast scenes involving the use of a tripod and most commonly with black and white film. But Brandon Griffiths recently completed a project that will change your mind about that. This is what he calls his ” Pinhole Bullet Time Project.”

And it’s just as insane as it sounds.

To accomplish this, what Brandon did was visualized a fighter in the pinhole style. But in order to freeze the subject, he needed to add a ton of light. Seeing as many pinhole photos are shot at f167 and below, the only way that this could have been done with ISO 400 film would be to add a ton of light–specifically flash output. And so with that in mind, Brandon added loads and loads of high powered studio lights in addition to loads of setup.

To break this down even more, Brandon did:

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– 6 hours of test shoots

– An 11 hour shoot day

– 14 hours of development

– 100 hours scanning

With a total project time of six months.

Brandon tells us that the project was done in complete darkness. “I built a custom rig that had all of the pinhole cameras on. I then placed the 35mm film in the back and used 6 Bowens 500R studio kits set to full power to capture the shot.” states Brad. “Because everything was done in complete darkness the strobe worked as the shutter…” What Brad means by this is the idea of flash duration–which is something often talked about why trying to overpower the sun’s light.

Here are the final results.

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