Dissolving Earth and Sky
Grayton Beach State Park, NW Florida, USA
8:45, 16 June 2005
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EquipmentCanon 300D (Digital Rebel) SLR camera, EF-S 10-22mm lens at 10mm (equivalent to 16mm film camera), ISO 200, RAW, f.14 at 1/100 second. Stitched with Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Studio 1.01. Graphic modifications in Adobe Photoshop CS. Sound recorded with Canon GL2 miniDV camcorder. Edited in Final Cut Express, Audacity, Macromedia Flash, and QuickTime 7 Pro.
Behind the scene: making this object movieI walked with a friend on the park nature trail. We wanted to see how the recent tropical storm had damaged the beach site where we had celebrated solstice birthdays last December. Our hiding dunes and ragged trees had been eaten and swept away by the storm surge. Rangers were repairing the dune walkover stairs. But the hammock was untouched.
WIth camcorder, I walked the scene, studying it with video and recording sound. Later I recorded more bird calls, without seeing the birds. I couldn't get a small sound track file despite minimizing it and converting to MP3.
You can see the friend meditating in the trees as I set water in the central open space. It turned out to be an oval path surrounded by trees. East/west axis ends were close; north/south axis ends were far from the middle. The ground sloped so that I was on my knees by the bench in the south and standing on my toes downhill by the sign in the north. Not wanting to level a tripod 16 times, I shot hand-held, upping the ISO and shutter speed. I didn't measure any distances, estimating the oval path radius, 23 degrees between each step, and height to keep the bowl top level. No wonder the movie jerks. In addition, a 17th shot crept in there to stay. I like the organic unevenness of it all, like a ceramic pot that wavers in the potter's hands. Like breathing. Could be an excuse for poor technique.
Getting a panoramic view along with the object is not two for the price of one. The object movie panorama is much bigger in file size than a plain panorama. I could not sharpen the images and keep the file size within limits. Now that I have confessed my compromises, I still feel guilty and vow to improve next time.