15 kV @ 100 mm

Ever since I started to make high voltage arcs for shits and giggles I’ve wanted to get really, really, really, really close up to one, watch it spark and wiggle.  This is as dangerous as you think it is, so I’ve never done it (these guys do).  I know you can get some really cool photos of arcs but I really wanted some macro video.

Well with the help of Sean Donnelly I’ve been able to get exactly that.

The video below is if a 15 000 V electric arc shot with a 100 macro lens.  The arc is, at most, about 1.75″.  This was our first attempt at shooting this so we played around with the exposure and wiggling the electrodes.  I think there is allot of potential in these video.  I think my next step is going to be to mechanically couple the electrodes to speakers hooked up to a signal generator.

Sean also shot some great video of me running the controls, and it looked so stunning with the 100 mm lens that I had to include it.  (I wont blame you if you think it’s the best part of the movie.)

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