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At the MIT Edgerton Center, Jim Bales, Kyle Hounsell and I tested the Edgertronic high-speed camera again. My goal was to become as comfortable with the camera as possible on-land before taking it underwater. It was my last chance to meet with the Edgerton Center experts again before heading to Mission 31 training this weekend! Also, an MIT videographer, John Freidah, filmed us working for a video he's doing on the Mission. We captured some beautiful footage of a candle flickering and water droplet, the kind of subjects "Doc" Edgerton recorded. One reason we're so excited about the Edgerton-Mission 31 connection is that Doc Edgerton worked closely with Jacques Cousteau on underwater photography. I'm still working on the underwater video camera casing for Mission 31.
Working in the MIT Edgerton Center with Kyle. We used the Edgertronic high-speed camera, in the lower right, to get the images and videos below. The room was dark except for a bright spotlight on the subjects. The images we captured are black and white. We chose the monochrome model of Edgertronic because it's more sensitive to light than the color camera and will therefore be better suited for underwater filming, where light is scarce.
Check out how different the phenomenon looks filmed with a standard camera below compared to the Edgertronic videos above.
Grace Young (B.S., MIT, Ph.D, Oxford) is an ocean engineer, aquanaut, and explorer currently working at X. She lived underwater as a scientist and engineer on Fabian Cousteau’s Mission 31, and is a National Geographic Explorer.