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New Book for X-ray Photographer

Veasey is one of the few people who know how hard it is to get a crisp x-ray of a vacuum tube. For starters, the object has very little mass to absorb the radiation. And because the edges of the tube curve away from the film, the x-rays get scattered about, causing distortion. So Veasey shot this tube in a series of 10-second bursts. The succession of blasts builds up the energy necessary to capture the fine details, while their short duration keeps background radiation from clouding the picture.
source: Wired

Wired magazine catches up with extreme x-ray photographer Nick Veasey who works with industrial x-ray machines typically used in art restoration, electronics and the military.

Working with high doses of radiation isn't always easy. To minimize a patient's radiation exposure, medical x-ray techs grab their blurry stills in a fraction of a second; Veasey needs to bombard his subjects with ionizing radiation for as long as 12 minutes to get crisp shots.

So to capture human forms, Veasey works with either skeletons in rubber suits (normally used to train radiologists) or cadavers that have been donated to science.

When a corpse becomes available, he has at most eight hours to pose and shoot before rigor mortis sets in.Veasey's book simply titled X-ray is due in October and he's currently building a $200,000 studio with 35-inch-thick, lead-lined concrete walls which will let him see through almost anything.

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