Ultra High-Speed Photography Captures Hidden Human Figures in Moving Water

High Speed Photography by Ronny Tertnes

Norwegian photographer Ronny Tertnes uses high-speed photography to capture fleeting images. His ongoing series H2O Sculptures depicts the shapes of water droplets as they fall and splash into a puddle. Enhanced by colorful effects, these images appear to take on anthropomorphic forms, similar to dancers.

Tertnes uses a water drop kit—which contains the necessary materials for water drop photography—to create these spectacular images. Additionally, he mixes additives to the water so that it will pop more in the images. Then, all that's left to do is to let the water drop and use a high-speed camera to capture numerous moments, hoping that one or more will stand out.

While Tertnes does bring his images into Photoshop for some touch-ups, most of the work is done using the kit, which syncs to the camera so that it goes off at the right moment. Interestingly, water takes on a variety of different forms when it falls into a puddle. While some of these photographs appear to take on amorphous or abstract shapes, there are several that look like tiny, glass-like humans. These expressive figures dance, twirl, stand solemnly, and even appear to reach out to one another. Each image allows the viewer to see a hidden world in water droplets, allowing their imagination to run wild. All in all, this series celebrates the unexpected beauty of water.

You can purchase prints of Tertnes photos via his website, and keep up to date with his latest projects by following him on Instagram.

Norwegian photographer Ronny Tertnes uses ultra high-speed photography to capture water droplets in motion.

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The series H2O Sculptures features water droplets that look like anthropomorphic forms.

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It also depicts some abstract water droplets.

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The water “sculptures” are enhanced by colorful additives and a little bit of Photoshop for touch-ups—though it's mostly captured in-camera.

High Speed Photography by Ronny TertnesRonny Tertnes: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ronny Tertnes.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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