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Timelapse of artist painting a picture

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Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« on: 10 / July / 2009, 00:06:25 »
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I just posted this on Vimeo

[noembed]http://vimeo.com/5530298[/noembed]

This is a "Live Art" session at a local bar.  I captured at one frame every 5 seconds, and the playback is at 4 fps, for a speedup of 20X.  There is an audio track - just music I like.  The video is 4:15, but for some reason Vimeo show it to be twice that long, and plays it twice.

I used an A590IS with 2X digital teleconverter, with everything manual - ISO 400, manual focus at 10 feet, wide open - f2.6, 1/10th second, manual white balance.  The light was awful.  I shot in M3 size - 1600x1200 - and resized to 640x480 for the video.

The big problem is light.  Need to do something about that before I do the next one.

I used spot metering, and set it to +1 1/3 stops when metered on the plain white canvas, on the assumption that as paint was added it would get darker.  That seemed to work well.

Well, the camera got bumped around a bit, and I had a reflection problem - all mistakes I hope not to repeat in the future.

[I see that this message has two players in it.  I only typed the link once.  Can someone explain?]

[Edit: fixed the two-player problem.]
« Last Edit: 22 / July / 2009, 09:32:55 by peabody »

Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #1 on: 10 / July / 2009, 10:16:16 »
Peabody,

I think that is simply stunning, both the created art and the way you have framed and recorded it. I am currently tied up completing course work and it was such a joy to switch off for a short while, listen to the wonderful music and watch a talented artist work. Thank you very much for making the effort to record and post on the forum.

Nick
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Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #2 on: 10 / July / 2009, 15:26:40 »
Nice!

The low light, eh, that's life in available light photography... one thing you can do, if you're forced to shoot at a high (noisy) ISO because of lighting conditions, shoot at the highest resolution possible, when you resample the images smaller for video, the interpolation gives you a sort-of "ISO recovery" noise reduction...

Your work gave me an idea for a CHDK script, actually. I don't know if you know about the motion detection aspects of CHDK, it can grab images based on movement, I was thinking while watching that, what if it had a timer, where if it didn't detect any motion in xx seconds, it would take a picture, otherwise just reset the timer... that way, when you step back out-of-frame, it takes a shot. So, you could watch a canvas "develop" - no artist, no admirers, no patrons entering/exiting in the background, etc. What do you think?

re: being embedded twice, yea that's strange but I have no idea...
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 we ought to know a little about everything.
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Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #3 on: 10 / July / 2009, 16:54:55 »
Peabody,

I think that is simply stunning, both the created art and the way you have framed and recorded it. I am currently tied up completing course work and it was such a joy to switch off for a short while, listen to the wonderful music and watch a talented artist work. Thank you very much for making the effort to record and post on the forum.

Nick

Thanks very much, Nick.  I'm glad you liked it.  Yes, I think the music, which is just flat wonderful in any context, works really well with the "animated" timelapse effect.  It's the Gigue, or Jig, from Bach's French Suite #5.  And I think seeing the process of painting speeded up that way is just fascinating, and makes the experience more approachable.  I have expressions of interest from other artists, one of whom I will meet tonight, so I hope I can do a whole series of videos - all made possible by CHDK.  :-)


Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #4 on: 10 / July / 2009, 17:07:48 »
Nice!

The low light, eh, that's life in available light photography... one thing you can do, if you're forced to shoot at a high (noisy) ISO because of lighting conditions, shoot at the highest resolution possible, when you resample the images smaller for video, the interpolation gives you a sort-of "ISO recovery" noise reduction...

Your work gave me an idea for a CHDK script, actually. I don't know if you know about the motion detection aspects of CHDK, it can grab images based on movement, I was thinking while watching that, what if it had a timer, where if it didn't detect any motion in xx seconds, it would take a picture, otherwise just reset the timer... that way, when you step back out-of-frame, it takes a shot. So, you could watch a canvas "develop" - no artist, no admirers, no patrons entering/exiting in the background, etc. What do you think?

re: being embedded twice, yea that's strange but I have no idea...


I was actually surprised how well the A590 did at ISO 400.  And I'm already going from 1600x1200 down to 640x480.  I'm not sure how much additional benefit I would get resizing from a larger jpeg, and I also have to worry about how many pics I can get onto my 4GB SD card before I have to shut down to offload.

I had the same thought about not having the artist and other people in the frame, just showing the canvas as it changes, and would be interested if you can get an MD script working.  But I suspect that wouldn't be an idea most artists would go for.  They want to be in the picture.  :-)  Well, you know, from the artist's point of view, the whole purpose of going along with this exercise is promotion of the business aspects of their craft.  But I may go back and re-edit the pics manually and see what it looks like.

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Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #5 on: 11 / July / 2009, 15:53:15 »
Indeed, it wouldn't be for every occasion, if you wanted your time-lapse to appear as a time-lapse, you need motion.

I was just meaning as an additional artistic tool to have in one's CHDK paint box... besides, there's got to be more than one use for such an anti-motion script. :D
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Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #6 on: 12 / July / 2009, 11:36:21 »
Anti MD aka stillness detector...been there, done that:
http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php/topic,1046.msg9260.html#msg9260

« Last Edit: 12 / July / 2009, 18:38:54 by acseven »


Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #8 on: 22 / July / 2009, 09:29:44 »
Here's the next video in this series.

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Re: Timelapse of artist painting a picture
« Reply #9 on: 01 / September / 2009, 08:53:30 »
Here's the next artist timelapse done at my local bar.  This is a drawing using colored markers.  And the model for it was entirely imaginary.  :-)

As with the others, I used the A590IS with a 4-second interval.  All settings were manual.

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