Mindrelic Manhattan
June 2, 2011 8:22 PM   Subscribe

Mindrelic - Manhattan in motion (v)
posted by puny human (9 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
MML: I recently spent a little over a month hotel hopping in Manhattan (March 12th to April 29th) shooting time lapse. These clips were pulled from over an hours worth of footage.
posted by zamboni at 8:35 PM on June 2, 2011


Very nice. As someone who knows nothing about time lapse photography, can someone explain how he does the motion shots where his camera goes out on a ledge or pulls back from a scene? (see 2:40 with the bridge) Is that an editing effect or is he smoothly moving the camera?
posted by Frank Grimes at 9:03 PM on June 2, 2011


I think there are some amazing parts, and really well done overall, but he could probably shave off 30 seconds and I think it needs a slightly less mawkish soundtrack. Phillip Glass maybe, but he can be mawkish too, in his own way.

I'll have to think about this one.
posted by puny human at 9:12 PM on June 2, 2011


I've never done any real time lapse photography, but as I understand it you can buy/make have long tracks which you stick the camera on; a motor moves the camera along the track verrrry slowly. Putting the camera out over a precipitous drop is new to me, though. I'm guessing he anchored one end really really well and let it stick up and out over the ledge.
posted by BungaDunga at 9:26 PM on June 2, 2011


Phillip Glass maybe, but he can be mawkish too

It didn't feel mawkish to me, but that's really up to the viewer to frame in my opinion. Philip Glass introduced some great textures and time play that, I keep having to remind myself, once felt new. Sometimes he sounds like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop trying to digest a cartoon saxophone, but that just makes me like him more.

Since you mentioned it.
posted by hanoixan at 9:32 PM on June 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I know, A Rainbow in Curved Air fits perfect :)
posted by puny human at 10:09 PM on June 2, 2011


Definitely not just Manhattan.
Favorite shots in this are of Astoria Park, looking at the Triborough Bridge.
posted by aloiv2 at 10:18 PM on June 2, 2011


As someone who knows nothing about time lapse photography, can someone explain how he does the motion shots where his camera goes out on a ledge or pulls back from a scene?

On the vimeo page he has links to the gear he used. He says that he used a "dynamic perception dolly rig" for the dolly shots. On the bottom right of the same vimeo page, there are some photos showing the set-up for those shots. It's basically just a camera on a little track, with a motor to control the speed of travel.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 10:51 PM on June 2, 2011


This makes the best alt soundtrack of all, Surfer's Remix, but it also makes the best soundtrack to anything, ever.
posted by puny human at 1:17 AM on June 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


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