It occurred to me after I put up yesterday’s post that I have done a miserable job of actually documenting last year’s Boomershoot experience. Granted, I did not end up taking very many pictures – my DSLR was down at the time, and I was too busy shooting/spotting to take pictures – but I should put up what I have.
So, in an effort to do just that, this was FuzzyKBP’s personal fireball:
We have seen how those look in slow-motion previously, but they are just as impressive at “normal” speed. And, yes, “feeling the heat” is pretty much unavoidable at that range.
So yesterday’s video was of “a” fireball – specifically one of the Private Fireballs Joe Huffman offers. You and a select group get up-close-and-personal with the set-up (as close as you and Joe feel is safe, really), and whoever paid for the shindig gets to shoot the initiation boomer. Not a bad way to spend money, IMHO.
Today’s video is of the fireball – the one that kicks off Boomershoot every year:
For those curious, this was the “before” that Ry Jones crafted:
Yeah. That will do it.
The gentleman who set off the shindig – Monte Milanuk – did walk away with his eyebrows and, more importantly, beard intact, though he said afterwards that he was pretty much done setting off boomers, at least for a little bit.
For those curious, both this video and yesterday’s video were taken with a Nikon Coolpix AW100, which is a surprisingly capable little thing. It’s image quality is a bit poor, even accounting for its point-and-shoot nature, but it is waterproof to 10m and can record not only 1080p video like this one but also slow-motion video, ranging from 60 frames per second at 1280×720 all the way down to 240fps at 320×240. I certainly would not rely on it as my primary camera, and felt quite constrained at Boomershoot that it was my only camera (on account of my XTi refusing to autofocus any more and all of my then-available funds going to a rifle and equipment), but for certain specific tasks, it performs quite well for its price-point.
I know, I know, do not hold the camera sideways, but since I was filming in high-speed mode, the resolution drops dramatically, so you are not really losing anything.
I find it fascinating how you can see the fuel (in this case, a mixture of gasoline and diesel) get dispersed by the boomer going off underneath it… until it finds a lit flare and the predictable happens. It is also interesting how, despite there being four lit flares and not really that much wind, only a mere fraction of the fuel actually managed to light off.
Yup, that is a fully-functional, street-legal (at least in once-Great Britain) Warthog, built off a 1982 Land Rover Defender 110 with the 2.5L Diesel, for sale for any "reasonable offer" around £17,500 (about $28,000 American, these days).
If it were left-hand drive and in the States, my Bullitt might have cause for concern…