I’m exhausted from working under the hot and bright lights, I’ve got a burn on my right hand from a ‘bacardi burnout’ (you would be surprised what happens when potassium is mixed with bacardi 151!), and my high speed cameras are a mess!
Yup if you want the sweet footage, you gotta get your cameras near the action, and believe me these boys have seen action.
Potassium is an absolute nightmare to work with, it explodes 9 out of 10 times (well to be fair, thats why I’m interested), it gets EVERYWHERE when it goes up, and boy is it effective at stripping paint. FYI it looks to me that when potassium explodes its about 700 degrees (incandescent red heat, see piccie below).
Thankfully it doesn’t mess up the lenses, and in any event, I’ve taken to, where possible getting an extra piece of glass between the reaction and the lens.
So in summary, I made the mess of the paintwork of two cameras, but I got, to my knowledge, the first footage of potassium vapor, and I have lots of it!
Would you believe it, yes, like the bug eyed monster, IT’S GREEN!