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Stephen Dalton's new book Capturing Motion is published by Firefly Books. The acknowledged master and pioneer in this field, Stephen tells the fascinating story of his life in high-speed nature photography over more than 50 years. Here we assemble many of the bookplate images, which chart the development of Stephen's unique photographic style, from early beginnings in black and white through to contemporary full-frame digital photography, in a series of iconic and ground-breaking images. Also included are the complex set-ups and electronic equipment required to create amazing high-speed nature images.
You can read more about the book and the stories behind the images on our blog.
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) drinking while in flight, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) drinking while in flight, UK
Blue tit {Parus caerulus} flight sequence, multiflash image, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Blue tit {Parus caerulus} flight sequence, multiflash image, UK
Flying / Parachute gecko (Ptychozoon sp) gliding, controlled conditions  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Flying / Parachute gecko (Ptychozoon sp) gliding, controlled conditions
Wallace's flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) gliding from tree, controlled conditions, from Malaysia and Indonesia  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Wallace's flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) gliding from tree, controlled conditions, from Malaysia and Indonesia
Equipment used by Stephen Dalton for insect flight photography, showing flight tunnel, boxes of electronics and camera. This set-up was designed in the early 1970s and is still used today. UK.  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Equipment used by Stephen Dalton for insect flight photography, showing flight tunnel, boxes of electronics and camera. This set-up was designed in the early 1970s and is still used today. UK.
Housefly (Musca domestica) taking off from brown bread. Early high speed image, scanned from a black and white negative. Small reproduction only.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Housefly (Musca domestica) taking off from brown bread. Early high speed image, scanned from a black and white negative. Small reproduction only.
Stephen Dalton using flash to photograph insects in the field with Leitz Hektor lens equipped with home-made automatic diaphragm mounted on Nikon camera body, 1969.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Stephen Dalton using flash to photograph insects in the field with Leitz Hektor lens equipped with home-made automatic diaphragm mounted on Nikon camera body, 1969.
Caddisfly in flight. Early high speed photograph, scanned from a black and white negative.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Caddisfly in flight. Early high speed photograph, scanned from a black and white negative.
'Optical bench' made in early 1970's for detecting flying insects. This device was capable of detecting the tiniest of insects such as fruit flies and fleas. It was used for almost all Ste...  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / 'Optical bench' made in early 1970's for detecting flying insects. This device was capable of detecting the tiniest of insects such as fruit flies and fleas. It was used for almost all Ste...
Stephen Dalton flying Rallye light aircraft, 1970, on way to first meeting with Ron Perkins at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Stephen Dalton flying Rallye light aircraft, 1970, on way to first meeting with Ron Perkins at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.
Electronics engineer Ron Perkins working on Stephen Dalton's high-speed flash unit, early 1970s.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Electronics engineer Ron Perkins working on Stephen Dalton's high-speed flash unit, early 1970s.
Housefly (Musca domestica) taking off, showing the 'freezing' power of conventional flash (about 1/1000sec). Taken in 1973 on B&W negative film. Suitable for small reproduction only.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Housefly (Musca domestica) taking off, showing the 'freezing' power of conventional flash (about 1/1000sec). Taken in 1973 on B&W negative film. Suitable for small reproduction only.
Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) flying, controlled conditions, scan from black and white print  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) flying, controlled conditions, scan from black and white print
Scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) taking off.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) taking off.
Barn owl {Tyto alba} flying to tower carrying rodent prey, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Barn owl {Tyto alba} flying to tower carrying rodent prey, UK
Set-up used by Stephen Dalton for photographing Barn Owl visiting nest in ornamental church tower. UK, 1971.  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Set-up used by Stephen Dalton for photographing Barn Owl visiting nest in ornamental church tower. UK, 1971.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying towards camera over Crocus flower, UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying towards camera over Crocus flower, UK
Red-banded / Rhododendron leafhopper {Graphocephala coccinea} pre-flight jump, UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Red-banded / Rhododendron leafhopper {Graphocephala coccinea} pre-flight jump, UK
Common cockchafer {Melolontha melolontha} in flight, UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Common cockchafer {Melolontha melolontha} in flight, UK
Male Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) in flight over heather. UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Male Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) in flight over heather. UK
Dronefly (Eristalis similis) taking off from Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) flower, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Dronefly (Eristalis similis) taking off from Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) flower, UK
Emerald damslefly (Lestes sponsa) in flight, England  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Emerald damslefly (Lestes sponsa) in flight, England
Common darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum) in flight, UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Common darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum) in flight, UK
Ichneumon fly (Netelia testaceus) in flight.~This image was sent into space on board Voyager spacecrafts 1&2 alongside other works of art.  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Ichneumon fly (Netelia testaceus) in flight.~This image was sent into space on board Voyager spacecrafts 1&2 alongside other works of art.
Common housefly (Musca domestica) take off sequence, four images  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Common housefly (Musca domestica) take off sequence, four images
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Stephen Dalton
Green lacewing {Chrysopa sp} flight sequence, multiflash image, UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Green lacewing {Chrysopa sp} flight sequence, multiflash image, UK
Sequence of 3 images showing a swinging nail used as a pendulum to measure shutter lag. Suitable for small reproduction only.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Sequence of 3 images showing a swinging nail used as a pendulum to measure shutter lag. Suitable for small reproduction only.
Stephen Dalton's insect flight photography set-up.~Apart from the camera and computer, all the equipment is home made, dating back to the 1970's Quite clearly it's not portable and can only be used in...  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Stephen Dalton's insect flight photography set-up.~Apart from the camera and computer, all the equipment is home made, dating back to the 1970's Quite clearly it's not portable and can only be used in...
High-speed equipment used by Stephen Dalton, displayed on floor of his Sussex studio. Most of it dating back to 1972. Bookplate with items of equipment numbered.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / High-speed equipment used by Stephen Dalton, displayed on floor of his Sussex studio. Most of it dating back to 1972. Bookplate with items of equipment numbered.
High-speed equipment used by Stephen Dalton, displayed on the floor of is Sussex studio, most of it dating back to 1972.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / High-speed equipment used by Stephen Dalton, displayed on the floor of is Sussex studio, most of it dating back to 1972.
Sony 7r4 camera with Nikkor 200mm micro lens and latest high-speed shutter attached, equipment used by Stephen Dalton 2019.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Sony 7r4 camera with Nikkor 200mm micro lens and latest high-speed shutter attached, equipment used by Stephen Dalton 2019.
Photographer Stephen Dalton photographing leaping fleas in his studio, UK (1980s)  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Photographer Stephen Dalton photographing leaping fleas in his studio, UK (1980s)
Cat flea {Ctenocephalides felis} leaping sequence, multiflash image  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Cat flea {Ctenocephalides felis} leaping sequence, multiflash image
Set-up for high-speed insect flight photography, Florida.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Set-up for high-speed insect flight photography, Florida.
Tropical hawker dragonfly (Aeshnidae) in flight, Everglades, Florida, USA.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Tropical hawker dragonfly (Aeshnidae) in flight, Everglades, Florida, USA.
Zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia) in flight, controlled conditions  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia) in flight, controlled conditions
Blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) in flight. Controlled conditions.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) in flight. Controlled conditions.
Scarce bamboo page butterfly {Philaethria dido} in flight, from Venezualan cloudforest  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Scarce bamboo page butterfly {Philaethria dido} in flight, from Venezualan cloudforest
Skeleton butterfly (Pteronymia sp.) in flight, Venezuela, South America.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Skeleton butterfly (Pteronymia sp.) in flight, Venezuela, South America.
Black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) in flight, Venezuela. This large moth has a 7 inch wingspan. Wingscales being shed during flight.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) in flight, Venezuela. This large moth has a 7 inch wingspan. Wingscales being shed during flight.
High-speed photography equipment for photographing Barn Swallows drinking at garden pond, showing camera, tripod and flashes.  This set-up has been used by Stephen Dalton since 1978.  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / High-speed photography equipment for photographing Barn Swallows drinking at garden pond, showing camera, tripod and flashes. This set-up has been used by Stephen Dalton since 1978.
Swallow (Hirundo rustica) bathing in a river in flight.  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Swallow (Hirundo rustica) bathing in a river in flight.
Greater false vampire bat (Megaderma lyra) flying in complete darkness between wire strands, demonstrating echo location, Research at Frankfurt University, Germany, controlled conditions  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Greater false vampire bat (Megaderma lyra) flying in complete darkness between wire strands, demonstrating echo location, Research at Frankfurt University, Germany, controlled conditions
Greater false vampire bat {Megaderma lyra} in flight carrying rodent prey, controlled conditions, from Asia  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Greater false vampire bat {Megaderma lyra} in flight carrying rodent prey, controlled conditions, from Asia
Pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) flying from its daytime roost in barn roof, Sussex, UK  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) flying from its daytime roost in barn roof, Sussex, UK
Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrum-equinem) in flight, chasing moth prey, multiflash sequence of three images, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrum-equinem) in flight, chasing moth prey, multiflash sequence of three images, UK
Leopard frog {Rana pipiens} diving into water, controlled conditions, from USA  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Leopard frog {Rana pipiens} diving into water, controlled conditions, from USA
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