Live From The Field

December 5th, 2014

Maia ballet recital.

Brainless Texans

December 3rd, 2014

And in other news, Texas lost half its brains.
Zombies? Or just realisation of a normal state of affairs?
Wonder if the average intelligence in the state went up?

those were the days

December 3rd, 2014

Can we go back to the good old days when religion was the opium of the masses and not reality tv?


December 3rd, 2014

Growing babies: it doesn’t get better, it only gets different.

one year anniversary

December 3rd, 2014

viva e-tolls viva

Angie’s word sums

October 28th, 2013

Some angies from Maia’s homework today:

  • How many wheels have three cars?
  • How many legs have five tables?

Street Lapse

October 17th, 2013


Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby film frames are captured at set intervals; and the frames then later viewed at a shorter interval than that in which they were taken. This creates an impression of motion. In standard time-lapse photography, subjects that change very slowly will suddenly acquire visible motion. Where the subject changes quickly, even more rapid activity will result. Clouds, the stars, plants, people and construction projects are popular and classic subjects of time-lapse techniques. Irrespective of the subject, the camera position is normally fixed in place for the full time that the time-lapse takes place.


Hyperlapse is a variation of time-lapse where the position of the camera is changed between each exposure interval. The camera is slowly mover through long distances. Subjects can be fixed or moving, but the camera view point is usually aimed at an exactly defined fixed point. The images are then aligned and merged to form a moving image.

Street photography

There are many definitions, opinions and discussions regarding what is and what is not street photography. Wikipedia has the rather high sounding line: Street photography is an art photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. It then goes on to try and define “aspects of the craft”.

Eric Kim has a much shorter, applied definition of the term. Using various examples of photographers seen as classic street photographers, he concludes that “street photography can really be shot anywhere as long as it is open to the public to enter and leave as they please.” He also feels that street photography does not need to have people in it.

Valerie Jardin gives a 12 easy steps how to approach street photography. She feels there are no official rules, just go out there and have fun. I tend to agree with the above two view points and see street photography as any photography by any means when you are out and about on the street.

The purpose of this is, however, not to debate what is and what is not street photography, but to define a combination of time-lapse, hyperlapse and street photography.


Since I first had access to a digital camera, I was doing a form of street photography. Being digital meant cost were relatively low. You could take chances and experiment. Mistakes was easy to review within a short period and adjust your technique accordingly.

I recently upgraded my cell phone and bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Combined with an Otterbox that clips to your belt, a new opportunity for photography presented itself. Using a time-lapse app, I was able to set it up to automatically take photos at various intervals. I have no control over composition, framing, exposure, stability or any of the variables associated with photography. I term this street lapse photography. When I go out, I start the app, clip the phone to my belt, and leave it until I get back in the car, back to the house or return to my office. I often walk to work and back home again. Depending on the situation, the interval can be anything between 2 seconds to 30 seconds. If I find myself in a rich environment, the interval is made shorter.

The results has been very satisfying. Valerie says, “Go out there and have fun!”, and I totally agree. At, Philip Greenspun describes the best thing about street photography as the serendipity. Interesting details are often missed by the photographer and is only seen when the image is finally viewed. The frozen moment can be studied at leasure. The unattended use of the time-lapse while you move around goes further. It brings back an element of the original film photography, where, although you had control over the variables, you often would not know what the results would be before the film is both full and developed.

One confession. Although I don’t pose the image, frame the shot and select exposure, I do sometimes pause slightly, turn a little and adjust the belt clip if the situation warrants it.

And at the end I am having fun doing so and enjoy later studying these bits of time frozen forever.

Ensignette camera Episode 4: Results

October 17th, 2013

Film developed, scanned and the results are in. Out of three photos taken, three were usable. Relatively sharp in the middle of the image, with fall off to the sides. The film is Ilford Pan F. Other artifacts visible on the photos are the wavy wall. This is caused by the use of 35 mm wide film in a 40 mm wide space. If I can make a second spool for the film, make some support and keep the film tight across the back, focus should also improve.

Ensignette camera Episode 3: Developed

October 2nd, 2013

The film was developed tonight. Success! Three images are visible on the strip of film.

One obvious issue that needs correcting is the amount of winding to get to bring a new strip of unexposed film into the correct position. I will be experimenting with a piece of film without the backing paper. This would allow more photos and probably ease advancing the film.

Ensignette camera Episode 2: Photographing

October 2nd, 2013

Was able to load 60 cm worth of film on the spool. The back of the camera is about 10 cm long. Although that would equal 6 images, I was able to take 3 photos before the winding started to get too tight. Development this evening.

Results tomorrow…

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