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8 REASONS WHY THIS IS A GREAT PROGRESS PHOTOGRAPH!

You work hard to build something to exacting standards that is solid and long-lasting.

So do I:

I’m known for producing high quality and creative job site photographs.  My approach is much more than just taking pictures with a smart device. As great as smart devices are they cannot compete with the challenging light, color and contrast issues inherent on a job site. I build photographs with a professional approach. To exacting standards. Solid. Long-lasting.

This Photograph is Very Good

I want clients to know the why behind my work. Why the time of day matters, why the lens matters, why the file format matters and why the editing process matters. The techniques I’ve refined over the years contribute to successfully building project photographs.

Here’s why:

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Lingering Clouds Peak

Well it took awhile to finally get this film to a point where I can own the end result. An experiment in tone, color and softness, I have taken construction time-lapse work to a new place in the industry.

Enjoy!

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Lingering Clouds Peak

It’s Magic When Things Move

It’s the motion that makes me do what I do. As anyone who reads my blog…(both of you, where ever you are, thanks!), you know that after 31 years as a still photographer, I switched to time lapse in 2011. It’s what I specialize in now and as part of that specialization, motion control is a huge part of what I do for you. Done while in the field during principal photography, (but sometimes or in addition to), motion control can also be done in post production:

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Time Lapse Narrative Talk

This week….

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Time Lapse Talk

I’ll be appearing at the Los Angeles Center for Photography on March 19 for a talk about the ideas behind producing a time lapse narrative short film.

Come on down for some food, fun and some giveaways…

Michael

Way Up There All The Little Things Matter

As more construction time lapse projects come into my office that require long term self-contained self-powered systems, it became imperative
to develop a check list to ensure that camera controls, intervalometer settings, power set-ups and connections are appropriately set so I can sleep at night.
And by association you’ll sleep better too. A checklist takes on more importance the higher up and less accessible the installation location is.
To wit: The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project currently under way at the Port of Long Beach, (POLB) is the type of assignment I’m talking about here…

That's my little baby  up yonder

That’s my little baby up yonder

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Hyper Lapse & Time Lapse: Tools, Definitions & Examples

Time lapse is the art form I cultivate

In order to create better collaboration between creative and business types, I’ve put together this list of time lapse definitions with accompanying examples when appropriate. Although there exist some differences from the norm, for the most part these definitions are common and familiar within the time lapse and motion picture industries.

I hope you find this informative, invaluable and motivating enough to call me to discuss your pie-in-sky project. Hello? 818-422-0696…

The following definitions are common. If the definition is one I’ve come up with vs. what is commonly used, I’ll let you know with a • before the definition  While there are some truisms, rules are made to be adapted by the creator and that’s part of what you’re buying from a professional time lapse director/producer/photographer: a willingness to jump off the deep end for the sake of the project.

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why-Time Lapse?

I'm a huge fan of these helicopter POV's.

I’m a huge fan of these helicopter POV’s.

In the interest of furthering overall knowledge about the process of making short time lapse films (or narratives as I like to call them), the 3 distinct phases of production and why I like to make them, I’ve prepared an 18 minute presentation online.

Knowing none of us has that much continuous free time anymore (right?), I took the liberty of identifying 14 key points and making them into much shorter videos bits.

There’s a lot of great info contained within….time to watch!

why-Time Lapse?

Thanks for reading.

Michael
The Visual Sage

 

Well Hung Hardware 2

In the previous post, “Well Hung Hardware”, I blogged and showed how I hang a variety time lapse rigs used for short and long term assignments. The reaction was very positive and I decided to add to the collection:

This one I call Spidey.

Gorilla Pods are great for the odd situation.
Gorilla Pods are great for the odd situation. But you have to rig it pointing down for stability. The sequence lasted about 45 minutes.

 

I really like my Syrp Genie and Lil’ Mule so why not put them together? The sequence is sweet but you’ll have to wait for the video to post….

That's a 12 volt lead acid battery for powering the 6 rpm motor. The weights add stability.
That’s a 12 volt lead acid battery for powering the 6 rpm motor. The weights add stability.

 

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Look, Imagine & Go. Pull the story out of any digital file…

This excerpt is from an interview I did with Nigel Merrick from the Zenologue professional photography marketing website. One of my favorite informational websites dedicated to helping photographers live their dreams…