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Missouri Blizzard 2011

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve sat at my computer all winter and watched video after video of snow piling up without ever feeling the need to post them.  The videos usually feature a ruler and a clock on a patio table as snow slowly deposits.  I’m impressed by the amount of snow shown in these videos but generally unimpressed with the artistic quality.  I keep asking myself, “why can’t it be impressive and beautiful?”

I skipped a couple of snow videos but relented and watched this one from the staff of the Columbia Missourian.  Finally, someone made a time-lapse of snowfall that’s worth noting on this blog.  The shots are wide street views with more dynamic elements than just snow building up.  The white balance is consistent and the exposure doesn’t flicker too much.  I’d like to see longer shots made with an ND filter to cut down on the jumpiness, but that’s just me.  This is still the best snow video I’ve seen this winter.

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One Day on a Little Planet

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Photo by Chris Kotsiopoulos

I saw this photo a couple weeks back and immediately wanted to post it to this blog.  The problem was I couldn’t quite justify the deviation from time-lapse videos until today.  It turns out the photographer, Chris Kotsiopoulos, posted a video of the star trails as a time-lapse.  You can see it below.

The “little planet” photo technique has been sweeping the photography blogs for quite some time.  Photojojo recently posted a simple but very informative tutorial on their site.  This photo was shot over the course of around 27 hours using many of the same techniques used for time-lapse video.  I’m trying to adapt this to time-lapse and will post my first video soon.

Kotsiopoulos explains the whole process on his forum.  He includes details ranging from setting up his power supply, to taking the photos, and even the exact programs he uses.  Scroll down as it’s broken into smaller sections.

[Via Photojojo and Earth Science Picture of the Day]

 

 

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Russian Icebreaker’s Voyage to Antarctica

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

This is an amazing video featuring 201 days on board a Russian supply ship servicing Antarctica.  It’s a long video, so here’s what makes it worth watching:  a giant ice-breaking ship, two heavy-duty helicopters, a huge plane somehow stored in pieces, and penguins in fast-motion.  Also, there’s about a minute of the sailors making and using a giant hot tub.  I’m really not sure what to do with that.

[via Grasp the Universe]

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“Iridium” from “Salt” Documentary

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I did a quick search of this blog and realized I haven’t dedicated a post to Murray Fredericks, cinematographer of the documentary Salt.  The documentary aired in the U.S. back in August and is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.  The documentary seems to follow Fredericks through the desert in Australia as he captures images.  There’s a movie trailer available from when Salt aired on the PBS show POV.

While I haven’t seen the full movie, many of the spectacular time-lapse sequences, such as this one, are available online.  I was excited to see he posted a new clip a couple of month ago and I have to say it doesn’t disappoint.  These are extremely high quality time-lapses, well edited, and set to excellent music.  Make sure to set the video to 720p and go full screen.

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11 Best Tilt Shift Videos

January 15, 2011 2 comments

What the Heck’s Tilt Shift?

I’ve mentioned tilt shift a few times on this site and even posted a couple of test videos but I’ll give a brief explanation to anyone reading this blog for the first time.  Tilt shift is a photographic technique that takes an ordinary photo and makes it look like a photo of a miniature toy set.  It does this through selective focus and color saturation.  Take enough photos and put them together using free software and you’ve got a tilt shift time-lapse video.

I’ve assembled the following videos from a range of excellent choices.  I picked them for their quality as well as their unique subject matter.  There are a few prominent names in tilt shift, such as Sam O’Hare and Keith Loutit, so I tried to limit the number of videos to one per videographer.  Enjoy!

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New York City

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

This video was published a few days ago and it immediately grabbed my attention. The video captures the frenetic pace of NYC but it also uses a few techniques to create more dynamic images. In particular, it uses a track dolly from Dynamic Perception, the time-lapse dolly website run in part by MILapse, whom I’ve mentioned on this blog at least once before.

I’ve seen dolly time-lapse work several times before, but this is notable because it’s placed squarely in the middle of busy streets in one of the busiest cities in the world.  As someone who regularly attempts similar shoots, I can attest that these types of shots are almost impossible.  All it takes is one careless tourist to bump the tripod and the whole hour-long shot is ruined.

Other shots seem to employ cranes (or possibly a modified dolly) and editing software to create additional movement.  The people move at a consistent speed and with the right amount of blur to prevent choppy movement.  The end result is a seamless video obviously made by someone who has mastered many different time-lapse techniques.  The two shots that impressed me the most are the side view of the taxi and the day/night skyline transition.  I’ve tried both and know how tricky they can be.

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Life-sized Gundam Mecha

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

As every otaku knows, Gundam currently has a life-sized statue in Japan of one of its robots.  The statue looks cool but I never really gave it much attention until today.  Darwinfish105 recently made a video of the mecha that shows off its full range of lighting and effects.  Because he uses time-lapse, the statue moves faster than it would normally and looks more like the original animation.

While the video isn’t particularly groundbreaking, it shows how doing one thing well can still create a memorable video.  The clouds work well in contrast to the shiny statue and his timing and white balance are consistent throughout.  The short shots mean the clouds have more definition but it also causes the people around the statue to jump on the screen.  This is something I have to consider every time I make a video.  I don’t think there’s one clear choice between long and short exposures.

[via Gearor]

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