I looked out my window on this odd day of mixed rain and sun, and what I saw I’ll probably never see again. I ran up to the roof top with a 50mm lens to create the above panoramic shot ranging from a calm sky to the left to a heavy approaching storm on the right. The best part is the double rainbow happing right over the heart of downtown Rochester, NY. Here’s a close up of it below.
I’ve been needing a dedicated video tripod featuring a fluid head. Just got it today so I’ve been practicing various panning movements around the house. Naturally the cat became the subject of “reveal” type shots and he did some adorable cat things all on his own. How could you not cut this into some kind pointless wonder?
Having said all this I have only good things to day so far about the Fancier FC-02H video tripod. It was far cheaper than similar main brand products but it’s packed with almost all the same features.
On the family July 4th weekend retreat I shot time lapses here and there… I wish I had shot more! I overall like what I have here but I certainly could have told a complete story with clips of people hanging out and of course fire works.
I’ve been itching to get a Gopro camera just for it’s time lapse feature and connivence and this event has certainly increased that desire. My iPhone has a nice time lapse feature but of course I’ve always been a cheap skate by buying phones with the smallest possible storage capacity. I’m going big on my next upgrade!
Any who I’ve been lousy with updates lately because it’s been quite the non-stop summer. Time to slow things down a tad….
There comes a time in any architecturally focused photographer’s like where they must acquire a drone. Time to put it to work!
This is a short clip from my first “official” test flight, as in I actually read the manuals and learned from some short lived mis-flights. I’m going to be the first person to probably admit – I’m doing it for the money. The idea of flying a drone is not super appealing to me:
- It’s expensive.
- it’s not easy.
- It’s easy to do something really stupid.
- It’s easy to loose $1,000 in the blink of an eye.
- For arial photos it’s kinda a gimmick, I can get better, safer arial shots while standing on a rented cherry picker with a DSLR.
- Yes, it’s fun, but if I wanted to have “fun” I would have bought a $40 toy drone.
- This list doesn’t have to end here if I but let’s move on…
Now on the flip side it is really freaking cool. I mean the amount of technology crammed into this thing is mind blowing. It’s very serious and very capable. There’s no doubt that with lots of practice this’ll lend signifiant value to my business, for video especially. Without a drone I cannot shoot arial video, and it would be boring shooting video from a cherry picker.
Now enjoy a clip form my first official flight.
I love time lapses because they are the perfect marriage of photo and video – I like to treat them as “moving pictures” in the most literal sense of what the phrase implies. A typical movie needs to capture 24-60 frames per second depending on your needs and only really captures moments in real time. Sure you can speed those up and get a time lapse type clip but that means, but 30 seconds of film at 60 frames a second means 1,800 frames (or pictures). Because a video captures so many frames or pictures, a sacrifice is made and those images are recorded at a significantly lower quality and a limited depth of the quality – meaning a video shot with standard consumer gear (not the hollywood stuff) can’t be edited to bring out the incredible details that a still image of the same scene would have.
Enter the Time Lapse. Now instead of 60 low quality pictures per second, we can capture just one picture a second, and that one picture can be all raw data for maximum editing potential. So a series of Time Lapse images can be treated like one endless photograph edited to bring out the maximum detail. If you pause any one moment of this time lapse video above, you’ll get a crystal clear image (depending on your internet speed of course). The quality of the above video is also limited to 1k for practical reasons (youtube), but I can easily take that video and scale it up to 8k or more from the original raw files. Off of you tube you can pause this video and read all the fine print located around the scene. Trying to shoot 30 seconds of 8k resolution video especially at 30-60 frames a second requires 4x the hard drive space and almost 2x the computing power that I have. Totally not worth it in the case of sped up motion. Not to mention that an 8k capable video camera costs about $50,000 and that’s not including all the other hardware needed to make 8k possible.
So not only does a time lapse give us the ultimate in quality but it also automatically achieves something that we try to do with our pictures already; They show us something that is not obvious.
A the mark of a good picture is when something familiar is represented in an unfamiliar way. As humans we only perceive time at a constant speed so we might not be conscious of how things change even over the mater of a few minuets. THAT’s why I think of time lapses as “moving pictures” instead of video clips; they show the otherwise slow details of a living scene sped up to a speed illustrates it’s uniqueness.
Anyway… The clip above was a random inspired moment to shoot the traffic outside the building my wife works in downtown, while waiting for her. Hope you notice something new.
If you know me I’ve been talking about shooting a lot of video, but where is it right? Okay, okay… I’m making it a point to put up weekly clips of things I’ve been shooting and stock piling.
Made a random unplanned stop at Cobett’s Glen on the way back from a shoot in Penfield the other day. I’m really liking long exposure time lapse sequences. It’s my second attempt at capturing water like this during the day time. Regardless it was a pleasant moment to relax while shooting this over 15 minutes.
I was in Penfield for a shoot this morning and pulled a last min hard right on the way back – I haven’t been to Cobbett’s Glen in a while. It’s a little hidden sweet spot near our city that is very easy to miss! Check it out sometime. I shot some great long exposure time lapses that I’ll be posting here soon.
Well today was full of distractions… How can one resist the roar of fighter jets zooming over head? So I spent most of the day on the roof of my building and this is the shot I’m most proud of.
New update: My Light the Subway project photos are actually coming out next week! I mean it this time. Also got some cool new things I’ve been wanting to showcase. Stay tuned…
This is the old Broad st. RG & E station as seen while standing in, in I say, the Genesee River downtown. I was drawn to the upside down “U” shaped pipe. What I like most about this photo though is how nothing is symmetrical – Three patterns of mis-matching brick and stone, five different types of windows, One end of the “U” duct is higher than the other and so on. Nothing is quite centered yet at a glance you might mistake it for being symmetrical.