Pier 24 is a free photography museum in San Francisco, and one of the premier venues for viewing fine art photography. This time-lapse of the current About Face exhibition shows some of the almost 1000 portraits on display. The photos range from 19th century to current. The video condenses a 2 hour gallery visit down to a little over 3 minutes. Book your own appointment to see this show on the Pier 24 website.
The time-lapse was created using a GoPro HD Hero worn around my neck on a shoestring and set to take one photo every 2 seconds. The almost 3000 resulting images were processed in Adobe Lightroom. I used the virtual copy feature to make duplicate frames of the photos that I wanted to pause on. Then I exported the images at a smaller size, which created extra jpg files to alter timing of the video.
Next I used QuickTime Pro to assemble the images into a video at 12fps. The titles and music were added in iMovie. The song is “Loss” by A Certain Ratio. From about 41-48 seconds the camera freaked out due to the lighting, or possibly because of the powerful wall of Lee Friedlander photos. What an amazing show. You can also view a time-lapse of the previous Pier 24 exhibit Here, and photos from the Fisher Collection exhibit.
Last month I received a wonderful birthday gift — a 1950′s Franka Solida III medium format folding camera. The camera shoots 6×6 images on 120 film. The Franka features a very sharp 80mm Schneider f/2.9 [sic] Radionar lens. For this first roll I shot Kodak E100VS slide film and then cross processed in C-41 negative chemistry. This roll of film was in another camera and then got pulled out and used in the Franka. Due to these shenanigans the roll wasn’t wound tightly and light leaks are visible on the edges of some images.
The Franka is really fun to use. Here’s the shooting process:
Open the case if you’re using it.
Press the button on the bottom of the camera to release the lens. Unlike many folding cameras of this vintage, the lens opens from the side.
Use the rangefinder to figure out the focusing distance.
The rangefinder is not coupled to the lens, so next you focus the lens.
Set the aperture and shutter speed.
Cock the shutter
Press the shutter release.
Once you get the hang of it, this isn’t a lot of work. The camera is very compact when folded up, and was only about $200. The eBay seller Certo6 has a very informative vintage folding cameras website. The shutter on my Franka seems spot on, the lens is very clean, and everything works really smoothly. I’m looking forward to more shooting with this beautiful little classic.
Time-lapse technical details:
The images were shot with a GoPro HD camera set to record a photo every 2 seconds.
The results were imported into Lightroom 3, developed, cropped to 16:9, and settings synchronized.
Next I made a collection in Lightroom with the time-lapse images and the film scans from my first roll.
Using Lightroom’s slideshow module, I set each image to appear for 0.3 seconds.
In order to show the film scans and a few key frames for longer than 0.3 seconds I made virtual copies of those images.
I tried exporting the slideshow from Lightroom but the pacing seemed a lot different than the preview I was seeing from within Lightroom. I used ScreenFlow screen capture software to record the preview, add the end titles, and upload the 720p video to YouTube.
This sunset time-lapse is from the September 2011 Paul’s Junkyard Night Photography Workshop. A GoPro Hero HD camera was mounted to the window of a giant Caterpillar metal cutter using a suction cup. The camera shot a frame every 5 seconds for a total of 412 photos (about 35 minutes). The time-lapse was created in QuickTime Pro at 10 frames per second, and titles were added in iMovie. The music is from the great early 80′s album Noir Et Blanc by Zazou/Bikaye/CY1. That’s my co-instructor Troy Paiva along with repeat workshop offenders and talented photographers David A. Evans and Tor-Erik Bakke. Hope you had a great full moon!