Got some last-minute kinks worked out, and the camera is in its housing and set up on my deck, ready to snap pictures of the sky. One such is right here:
Lovely image of clouds at dusk, in case you’re wondering what that is we’re looking at. Here’s a couple pictures of the installation itself:
And here’s a shot from the time-lapse camera itself, of me taking its picture:
I’m a little blurry because it’s not really set for close-up images. : )
I went this morning to see if I could get a time-lapse movie from the location in Ten Hills Park under the commuter rail bridge, but there was barely any wind and the turbine was parked. Since I was there, I figured I get some sunrise stills:
That’ll be it on the turbine images until I get back from California.
I recently entered a call for entries at the Nave Gallery, for a show that was interested in alternative process (non-digital) photography. Back in the day, I burned quite a lot of Tri-X and Plus-X film in my trusty little Minoltas, and also dabbled in HIE, which was Kodak’s 35mm infra-red film. Fortunately for me I was using those Minoltas, because enough infra-red gets through plastic camera bodies to fog the HIE, and both those cameras were made of aluminum back in the 70s.
HIE will record visible light, too, so I used a 780nm filter, which looks just like a piece of black plastic. I taped the filter to the lens so I could flip it up out of the way to compose the shot, then flip it back down to take the picture. I never knew exactly what happened when the shutter clicked until I got the film developed.
Here are the two images that were accepted into the show: “Globe & Window” and “Vent & Yucca”. I may post more images later on.
I posted the post-millenial warning signs, so why not post another series of images I put up at Boston Coasters for you to purchase on a mug, coaster or T-shirt of your choosing? I went out and shot as many shots of four wind turbines in and around Boston as I could, and then selected the best for overview. Here are those selections:
I went with everything ready, batteries charged, sensor cleaned, and got some good footage… until the wind died and the turbine stopped. I only included a minute’s worth of still turbine frames at the end, but it was more like half an hour before I decided to quit while I was ahead. Alas, I didn’t make it til sunset, again.
And here’s the composite image:
Here’s another time-lapse of the McGlynn turbine, again shot near sunset, and again, the battery died before the sun could actually set. I’ll use the double battery pack tomorrow to make sure that doesn’t happen again. To keep the shutter speed slow while preventing over-exposure, I invested in a neutral-density filter and a polarizer. (The polarizer is why the sky looks such a deep blue here.) It looks like I should invest in a sensor-cleaning as well, since there’s a giant black dust spot in all the frames. But I’m still pretty happy with this video.
And here’s a composite image of all the frames I took, with the dust speck removed:
I did seven experiments with my turbine time-lapse projects today, and they’re uploading right now to YouTube and Vimeo. So I’ll post a side project from the videos, composite images made from the individual time-lapse frames:
And just for funsies, here are composites of every image in the set of commutes where I am actually on my bike, riding.
And here are the composites of every single image I took for the 27 days I recorded my commutes. The early and late composites took 28-30 minutes to process, and the full composite took more than an hour.