Jason Groupp Appears to Survive Hungarian Challenge to Guinness Flash Record

Posted by on Friday July 8, 2011 | Fun

Guinness record holder Jason Groupp appears to have survived a challenge to his world best mark of lighting 300 flashes in a single photo.

According to a least one published report, an attempt was made to break Groupp’s controversial record this past week in a public square in the northern Hungarian town of Eger.

Apparently, Mother Nature may have played a part in the failed effort. Or maybe the record was, in fact, broken but Guinness was not on hand to verify the feat. (Scattered news reports are still coming in and being translated by our crack team of linguists.)

From this Google-translated blog:

“Unfortunately, time was not kind to us, because when the rehearsal began, the rain burst (in a few minutes after our arrival). The villanj pears and only then, but diligently shining. A few minutes later I poured properly, had to hurry. The distributors have ensured that the power villanj pears to have swam in the rain water, but it worked well.”

Groupp did not seem worried that his record was in jeopardy. “Looks like someone ‘tried’ to break my Guinness World record,” he bragged on Facebook. “I think this record is safe for a little while.”

In May, the New York-based Groupp attracted the admiration (and ire) of his fellow photographers when he harnessed the power of 300 small strobes to light a group portrait at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. The photograph broke the Guinness record for most flashes used in an image.

Could this emerging rivalry become the Kobayashi vs. Joey Chestnut of the small strobe lighting world? Time will only tell.

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