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ok for the mean time

i'm going to post a D40, D80, D700, D800, X100, and a new picture each week. or something to that effect.


well well. apparently i get bored of my site every 3ish years. so i redesign it. i start out getting super excited about coming up with the design and what it should look like. then once i actually start working on it i hate it. why don’t i ever learn? this one took up a good portion of my past two weekends. once you get the basic design down, it’s 90% tedious stuff. an hour here trying to figure out why something isn’t working…an hour there redoing some css formatting. and every time i redo my website i change the backend. first was movable type, then pixel post, then wordpress, now koken.

ha!  i just copy and pasted what i wrote the last time i changed my site.  jokes  hopefully this will get me to take some more pictures.  i'm going to do a total reset, so i'll be going through old pictures and picking the best of the best.  and adding new stuff along the way.

do what we wanna do

I got a bill from my website host. So i figured I should at least post something to make the money worth it. Last year I was thinking about a new photo/video technique. Basically utilize my camera to take rapid sequences of shots and making it a video. so the following video is strictly comprised of photographs. It’s more stylistic than anything. So when my sister’s family visited the area i gave it a go. i thought it turned out pretty well for a first attempt. it was a crap load of data (~70GB), so next time i’ll probably shoot in jpg. check it out!

lego dolly

Quite the hiatus! Especially for this timelapse thing. But after watching some cool landscape timelapses at banff along with some discussions with a friend, I decided I wanted to try some new stuff. Now a days, a lot of the cooler timelapses have panning motions, where the camera slowly moves while it takes its shots. It makes it more interesting to watch. Kind of like Ken Burns effect. Like the House of Cards intro scene: This involves setting up a rail and dolly rig.

The key is to smoothly and slowly slide the camera. I wanted to build a quick and dirty setup to give this a try. What’s quicker and dirtier than using a LEGO setup! I created a flimsy dolly to hold my camera. Small LEGO wheels on a flat table is my “smooth”. Then I used a Technic motor to pull the dolly. All I need to do is tie a string to the dolly and have the motor spool the string in. But the motor turns at 405 RPM. That’s way too fast. I want it to it to be less than 1 RPM. Gears! I have Technic gears lying around as well. Using a 8 tooth gear with an 40 tooth gear gives me a 1:5 ratio. Using 5 pairs of those, I get the RPM down to 405/5/5/5/5/5=0.1296 RPM. That gives me my “slow”. Perfect. Set my focus and exposure, set the intervalometer to 10 seconds, switch on the motor, and watch it slowly roll.

600 pictures or 100 minutes later, I have this trial timelapse:

It ended up rolling 10 inches over those 100 minutes. That means, 0.1 inch per minute or 0.0017 inches per second. Pretty cool. I suspect the flimsy LEGO wheels made the movement less smooth as you can see in the video. Perhaps there was some elasticity in the string. The light flickering is from me occasionally hovering over the setup. So I definitely want to build a real setup that produces better results and that I can use wherever. I want to design something portable and easy to set up. Let’s see if I can get something done!