A couple of my time-lapse pieces are playing on The BioWall, an outdoor public space art and education video installation featuring non-commercial, life sciences, artistic and educational programming, located in Silver Spring, Maryland (on Cameron St. near Spring St.).
The movie shown here is a panoramic time-lapse video I shot at Pier 14 in San Francisco:
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My time-lapse project, A History of the Sky, has been shortlisted in the “experimental” category of the 2012 Vimeo Festival and Awards. If you want to help out, please vote for my video! In fact, they allow people to vote once per day through 4/30, so vote often!
It uses a really simple interface: you dial in the speed you want, referring to the blinking LEDs, and switch it into “go!” mode when you want it to start taking pictures. Here it is in action:
This is another project I created for a series of print and video how-to “advertorials” I’m working on for Popular Mechanics and Radio Shack. There will be more detailed info on how to build your own when it goes to print (along with a video and detailed build instructions online).
The Exploratorium has a great series of events they put on in collaboration with Make Magazine and Pixar. They’re having another this Saturday from 10AM to 2PM, and the theme is time. I’ll have my multi-projector setup showing some of my Panoramic Time-Lapse pieces in the museum’s Tinkering Studio. (And they’ll continue to be on display for some time after the event.)
There will be a great lineup, including my friends the Evil Mad Scientists showing off some of their inventive clock projects, the retro-futurists Five Ton Crane, and lots of other great makers.
Here’s a post on Make Magazine’s blog about one of the earlier Open Makes I participated in.
If you’re still looking for some good geek-friendly gifts, I have a couple kits available. My Blinkybug book/kit is available at Amazon. It has all the parts for making simple little blinking electronic insects, with easy-to-follow comic book-style instructions. It’s a great parent-kid project. Here’s a review on BoingBoing.
I wrote this post for the KQED MindShift blog about time-lapse photography. It gives a brief overview of the technique, and some resources for getting started:
Time-lapse is a photographic technique that allows us to tune into events that normally unfold at a pace too slowly to observe directly: the movement of clouds, the rising and setting of the sun, or the incremental growth of plant life.
Whether you’re a science teacher, a parent or kid interested in photography, or someone who just wants to learn something new, time lapse is a great way to observe the world from a different vantage point.
The technique entails shooting images at regular intervals, then playing them back to create a moving image. In this sense it’s like shooting a film or video. The difference is that with traditional film and video, images are captured at the same rate they’re played back (e.g., at 24 frames per second), whereas with time-lapse, the images are captured at a much slower rate–in other words, at a much longer interval between shots. When these images are played back at typical video frame rates, it looks like fast-forwarded reality.