Join 3,414 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)


Not enough adjectives
March 28, 2005 3:38 PM   Subscribe

360°, semi-panormaic, bullet-time, mega-wicked light graffiti. That is all. [via]
posted by panoptican (17 comments total)

 
cool.
posted by destro at 3:46 PM on March 28, 2005


indeed.
posted by nj_subgenius at 3:50 PM on March 28, 2005


as to that is all.
posted by nj_subgenius at 3:52 PM on March 28, 2005


I have no idea how they did that, but it's awesome.
posted by blacklite at 4:02 PM on March 28, 2005


Double, but still amazing.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 4:07 PM on March 28, 2005


I think I know pretty well how they did it - light pen, long exposures, and a single flash at the end. Not hard but creative and interesting!

Too bad the interface is so clunky - flash designers really need to get their shiznit straight... fool.

Also - I'm not attacking you swordfishtrombones, I'm just curious - are there mefites who dedicate themselves solely to searching the archives exhaustively every time something is posted? I imagine sometimes they just remember it from before, but still...
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:13 PM on March 28, 2005


blacklite: Same as the 'bullet time' sequences in the Matrix. You have x number of cameras, arranged along some sort of path around the subject. Each camera takes a picture at the same time, and then each photo is stitched together to make a moving image. Roughly. Google 'bullet time' for more.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 4:14 PM on March 28, 2005


Should have figured it would be a double. The lesson as always, don't trust Google.
posted by panoptican at 4:15 PM on March 28, 2005


BlackLeotardFront: I didn't want to sound as the double-post police, it just linked to the original post in case anyone was interested in the original comments/discussion. It's a couple of years ago, so not much harm in reposting it. Still pretty amazing, as I mentioned above. And no, I don't make a habit of searching the archive, this one just stuck to memory.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 4:18 PM on March 28, 2005


Something just occured to me.

360° ? semi-panormic

Oh to contradictions.
posted by panoptican at 4:31 PM on March 28, 2005


? = not equal too

Oh to confusion.
posted by panoptican at 4:31 PM on March 28, 2005


Except this isn't exactly like bullet-time, because if each camera took a single picture, you wouldn't get the sweeping line of light from each view. I'm putting my money on BlackLeotardFront's explanation. All the cameras were open for the light-writing, and a single flash was fired at the end to illuminate the person in a single pose.
posted by odinsdream at 5:52 PM on March 28, 2005


This is a perfect example of why I belive photography is at its best not as a representation of exactly what we see, but showing us what only a camera can see. The artistry of the photographer is most evident when they can see something in their mind's eye, and capture it through a glass lens, or in this case, many.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 9:18 PM on March 28, 2005


I think the first time I saw something like this it was a photo of Picasso. He had traced the image of a bull in the dark with a light pen, open camera shutter, then a flash at the end to illuminate him as well. No doubt as to the provenance of the bull!

This takes it one step further by adding multiple cameras for the aforementioned "bullet-time" effect. Makes me want to experiment with it.
posted by darkstar at 10:13 PM on March 28, 2005


how do they get that smooth panning action with only, at most, a handful of cameras?
posted by scalespace at 10:44 PM on March 28, 2005


panoptican, as another person who has trusted the wrong searches, I can only recommend using the metafilter built in search of all threads for terms related to your post. You might have to go through a lot just to find out your safe in posting, but it's more reliable.

And I never saw this last time it was posted, so I think it's awesome.

wicked awesome, ye wee buggers.
posted by shmegegge at 12:50 AM on March 29, 2005


Can't remember which off the top of my head, but didn't a recent Red Hot Chilli Peppers video use this technique, with static light "graffiti" in an old hotel with Keidis running around like a loon?
posted by benzo8 at 11:31 AM on March 29, 2005


« Older From her perspective, it was just opening fire by ...  |  The Bible as sentencing device... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments