Framing Time-Lapse: A few days before the show

Two minutes in the life of a photographer. Well, 2 minutes in time-lapse form anyways. Today I framed some 20″x30″ prints for the Dark Resort show that opens next week. The video above shows a time-lapse of the framing process. The music is from Serge Gainsbourg’s album Histoire De Melody Nelson. At first listen, it’s mellow music with a French guy talking. But there’s a lot going on here. The string arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier are superb. This album will get under your skin. I also highly recommend Gainsbourg’s hilarious novel Evguenie Sokolov, a bizarre meditation on flatulence and art.

Anyhow, here’s how the video was made:

  • A Ricoh GRDII was setup to record exposures at 5 second intervals
  • Exposures were 1/2 second at f/4.5, ISO 200
  • A total of 371 photos were used for the video
  • Music was added in Lightroom 3, using “Fit to Music” for the slideshow timing
  • The video was exported from Lightroom, and imported into iMovie to add titles and credits
  • iMovie has a built-in YouTube upload feature

And a few notes about the framing process:

  • The photos are digital c-prints made on a Lightjet
  • The finished prints were mounted on 3/16″ black gatorboard by Colortone in Berkeley
  • Frames were ordered from Frame Destination, including spacers to separate the print from the glazing
  • Essential tools included: Brillianize polish, anti-static cloth, a cardboard tube to remove peel the paper on the plexi, needle-nose pliers, a white glove, yerba mate, and some good tunes.

Hope you enjoy the video — let me know if you have questions about what’s happening. See you at the Dark Resort show next Friday, November 5th!

6 thoughts on “Framing Time-Lapse: A few days before the show”

  1. This is killer Joe. Helpful tips too! I struggled with static when I framed prints for my show last week. I will definitely pick up the Brillianize next time around.

  2. Cool little video Joe. I’ve had good luck with a product called Invisible Glass along with a microfiber cloth to clean frames. The worst combo is paper towels and Windex – it actually creates more dirt. Your better off cleaning with found Polaroids of fishing.

    Had plans next Friday, but will try to make it to the opening. Are you going to be there Nov 6th?

  3. Good one, Joe. One question: why are you using plexi? Picture glass is remarkably cheap, doesn’t scratch very easily, and is simply cleaned using window cleaner & newspaper – it leaves very little dust and the ink polishes the glass. Use a drafting table brush to wisk away and stray bits of dust. Sorry I can’t make it to the show. You didn’t make any of the prints yourself?

    1. Glass is a little bit cheaper, but heavier, more prone to breakage, and a bit more reflective. Plexi has more issues with scratches and dust, but is lighter, shatterproof, and slightly warm in color. My online framing supplier cuts the plexi and sends it in the frame, which saves a lot of hassle.

      Pictopia is the lab. I prepped all the files. And ran 2 rounds of test prints. And learned all about how to compensate for Lightjet profiles that have drifted magenta. A long and difficult process. Just how printing normally is, right?

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