This time lapse was made using Magic Lantern with my Canon – set up overnight on Aston’s Eyot. I can be swimming across the river with my head torch as well as pointing my laser pointer across the river to great effect.
Hugh Pryor’s Standard 8mm Animation Showreel with Clay, Paint and Snails.
Made on Standard 8 with various materials:
1. Luminous plasticine mushroom
2. Clocks, fimo clay and thermometer in Sunlight
3. Clay man picks his ear and falls asleep
4 .Plasticine man blinks and taps his finger
5. Painted face yawns, dies and bleeds
5. Snail evapourates in candle
7. Snails hatch and get eaten by big snail
6. Red face morph
7. Blob turns into vicar and rants
8. Roots sprout dancing mushroom
Music by Chopin:
Chopin’s Valse Op64#3
Chopin’s Polonaise Op40#1
By Vladimir Ashkenazy
Niko and I went to the Hill End ‘Hollywood’ sign to do some experimental laser photography for the forthcoming festival proposed there.
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After exploring a few paper folding techniques from Paul Jackson’s book “Folding Techniques for Designers” I decided to make a light shade from one of the more complex patterns. This one has a natural tendency to fold itself into a sphere if it is wide enough. Starting off with an 84.1×42.5cm sheet of paper I proceeded to make 31 vertical folds, 7 horizontal folds, and 47 of each diagonal folds. After kind of scrumpling it up in a highly ordered movement of madness a teardrop shaped light shade emerged.
Oh look! A designer’s making dresses from the same pattern.
All the newspapers said that the Aurora Borealis would be visible tonight because the sun had recently spewed out a coronal mass ejection. Armed with cameras, lenses and little evidence of geomagnetic activity from the Aurorawatch website, Dot and I headed out to Brill Mill where if we didn’t see the northern lights we’d at least get some nice shots of a windmill:
Video feedback is made by pointing a video camera at a screen which is displaying it’s own output.
You see spirals and circles which pulsate like a phantasmagoric mirror.
If you introduce a reflector which splits the camera image in half (in this case a CD) bifurcation patterns occur and if you get the angle right a myriad of geometric fractal flower patterns become apparent.
Additionally labyrinthine patterns that resemble fingerprints or zebrafish patterns self organise onto the screen.
A second experiment involved pointing the camera at two monitors. True fractal patterns emerged with Sierpinski triangles, ferns, crystals, infinite cityscapes, cauliflowers and shells.
Making the monitor into the negative brought on angry stripy patterns like an infinite zebra crossing.
A zoom lens brings you closer to everything, and saves the trouble of scaling walls to get closer to the roof features.
In this preliminary exploration we can see detailed features of the city’s famous sky line – the spires, pinnacles, wind vanes, lanterns, chimneys, vents, roofs, clerestories, cranes, antennae and pigeons.
These photographs are made using 2 mirrors with a 60 inch focal length and a point light source with red and blue filters on either side, and a camera with a zoom lens.
When it was set up – which requires precision and a stable surface, we were ready to go.
Starting off with a candle – the plume is clearly visible. It’s more subtle with the heat from a hand, and very strong with a camping stove.
We could see coldness falling off a frozen pumpkin like a waterfall, and butane gas from the camping stove which has a higher refractive index than air.
Further experiments were conducted with a reversed vacuum cleaner blowing a jet of cold air at the camping stove flame.
Many thanks to Tim Stephens for providing the Schlieren kit including the mirrors and the light source, and Eileen Prades for the zoom lens, and to everyone who showed up for the demonstration during the Oxford Hack Space social night on 21st November 2013.
I’ve been life drawing at OVADA which has recently started.
Roger (tutor) introduces ways of looking at the model, demonstrating how one’s brain perceives things differently to how they actually are appear, and explores the narrative one follows when creating a picture.
It’s an excellent all-round course for beginners wanting to develop their skills to the more experienced artist who is after a challenge to see things differently.
New course in January – go to www.ovada.org.uk.
Been having unattainable fantasies about what lenses I want for my camera. Do I want a 500mm telephoto? a top of the range tilt shift lens? an f/0.7 prime?
No – a pinhole lens. Here’s how I did it and what I ended up with: