One reason I wanted to explore high speed was to branch out artistically. In the past, I've specialized in macro still life photographs. Macro embodies the idea that everything is amazing if you look at it closely enough. It makes tiny worlds all around us appear, for a moment, larger than life, stimulating the imagination. To me, the capture of things that are small on the time axis (as opposed to the size axis) seemed analogous but more technically challenging. The \staging" of a transient event is an art of its own. Some, like Reugels, have it down to a science. I don't, but through this work I gained a deep enough understanding of the process to have some consistency of quality in my photographs while exploring different materials.