Sunday, January 10, 2016

Too Slow and Too Mundane

I started wondering the limits of the mundane recently.

Gavin Free of The Slow-Mo Guys (and also Rooster Teeth!) talked about how he's always amazed how different things look in slow-mo. There's a surprising amount of things that are invisible because they happen too quickly.

I don't have access to incredibly expensive high speed cameras, but I do have a GoPro with time-lapse.

I thought about pushing the limit of time-lapsing mundane things and seeing what kind of things happen too slowly to be seen normally.

The first thing I had to do was figure out how to make the camera continuously run. Although before that I had to see just how long the camera would run on its own battery.

After that I came up with a needlessly complicated system involving plugging the camera into a USB battery pack. I then realized I could just leave it plugged into my computer to get the same results without having to worry about the battery pack running out of power as well.

I figured that out a little late, but the result of my 1 Day + time-lapse of just looking at our bed was still somewhat interesting.

Then I ran into technical problems.

I still haven't gotten everything working properly again, but I want to try pushing the idea further slowly. I want to get a week-long time-lapse going. I'm going to try taking people out of the frame partly to see if that makes it much more difficult to tell how fast time is passing, and partly to see if seeing people be people is what makes these interesting.

I'm excited to see how it plays out, and I'm hoping the view outside has something hiding, moving too slow for me to notice.

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