It’s been a long time since I put up a stop-motion video. The first two I did were fun and had a nice view, but were mostly about the technology, not documenting anything. Ever since I’ve wanted to actually use it to show something tangible happening. Last weekend was the perfect chance – we were building a fence. I knew where it was going to be so framing wasn’t too hard. The technique is still the same as I documented here. I think my biggest revelation was when I realized that sometimes the best way to attach your camera to something is upside down – flipping all the shots at the end isn’t too hard. The biggest issues were taking my camera down every time we had to go somewhere (I get a little queasy touching my camera when I’m covered in mud) and a dead battery toward the end. Oh well – the most important stuff came out!
The Stranger ran a great piece last year about suicide and the Aurora Bridge. Our humble bridge stands right behind the titanic Golden Gate as the second-most jumped from bridge in the world. The article also went on to discuss the psychology of suicide – how making it slightly more difficult to jump drastically decreased the odds of someone trying. Between that and the fact that Adobe is really tired of people landing in their parking lot below, the fence is now going up on what is officially known as the George Washington Memorial Bridge (how fitting, right?)
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To be honest, I don’t think the subject itself is that great – I guess I can assure everyone I don’t have a fence fetish. The part I do like about this is the layering of the images. I’ve been messing around trying to figure out if it’s best to layer the pictures from one side to another, top to bottom, or what. As far as I can tell, it all depends on the picture. I think the symmetry of the layers works here, but then again I took it so of course I think it works. I’ve gotta say though – this stuff is pretty easy and fun. If you’re so inclined, it isn’t hard – try it!
Seriously though, the Zoo is a great place for pictures of almost everything, even when there are no animals around. I loved the lines and silhouette of this fence. I just keep staring at the picture, and I think it’s because it reminds me of something. Whatever it is, I like.
- ApertureValue: f/7.1
- DateTimeOriginal: 2008:12:16 15:24:54
- ExposureTime: 1/640 sec
- Flash: No Flash
- FocalLength: 100 mm
- ISOSpeedRatings: 200
- Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT