Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ron Fricke homage

This is an HDR shot of southern Manhattan at night. Click to enlarge.


Sister said...

I just can't understand how you are so good at this!

Darren said...

Referencing this, I presume?

Ryan McGinnis said...

Good call, Darren! :) It's one of the most iconic images from that movie. I'm still not entirely sure how it was done, as the correct exposure for the moon is stopped down at night that you'd think it'd be almost impossible to get any building detail. Musta been an interesting choice of film!

Darren said...

Not sure, but there is an old trick with still (film) cameras of taking multiple exposures on the same piece of film. If no light hits the film (as in black sky with exposure time short enough to not register stars) it would be possible to do a SECOND exposure of the moon in a black sky (which would mean no light getting to the film except that of the moon's - which strikes the virgin unexposed area of the film, if positioned correctly). I'm sure this could be done on motion picture film, though not as easily as a single frame of still film.

On interesting idea (which would be incredibly time consuming, but pretty neat) would be to do a series of HDR STILL digital photos and then string them together into an HDR movie using still animation. Wonder if that has been done yet?

Imagine your HDR image of the New York skyline multiplied many times over to get a movie of the moon setting behind it.

Darren said...

Here's an example of what I'm talking about (only not HDR shots):
The movie was made from 2000 individual still shots made with a Canon 20D.

You would have to pick your subject matter carefully to do this with HDR, but a moon rising over a basically still scene would be do-able, I would think. You'd have to sit and fire off HDR shots of the same scene for the hour or so that it would take for the moon to rise but the advantage of such a shot would be that you would have the fading light of sunset lighting the foreground (because the full moon is rising in the east when the sun is setting in the west).

Here's another example of a movie made from individual stills (the guy didn't even own a video camera).

Darren said...

More stop animation goodness (sound warning). Video on the first link may be NSFW (depending upon the reasonableness/unreasonableness of your employer)
How to Make Stop-Motion Video Shorts with Your Digital Camera (the video without the article is mirrored here).

More stop animation goodness: Sia: Breath Me and Game Over.

Get outta my way, I'm on a roll.

Darren said...

Yeah, I know.
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