Today’s assignment was to photograph the blasting of stone at a quarry in Maidstone.

Armed with cameras, I set up my action camera about 50 metres from the base of the area to be blasted. I was told that there was a 50/50 chance of my camera surviving, but the temptation to grab the images was too much! Retreating to a safe distance having left the camera taking time-lapse shots at 2 a second, I eagerly awaited the countdown to the blast. A dull thud and a tremor through the ground left me wondering what was left of the camera.

Upon getting back to the site, there it was laying on the ground but it was surprisingly unmarked! Once home I checked the images and it had shot them perfectly. Here are a few from the sequence below – after the one of the site manager inspecting the camera!

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