The Day Wonderland Stood Still...(Philadelphia in Infrared)
September 27, 2013 • 5 Comments
I spent the better part of this summer working on this time-lapse video and boy has it been an experience. It was nearly impossible to shoot any of these scenes in this time-lapse without someone being in it. Living in a city that has about a million people living in it, I guess you have to expect it, right? So getting rid of the people during the post-processing took some time and patience. During the shooting of this project it felt like more of a social experiment than anything else. No matter where I set up to shoot, whether it was a crowed place or completely empty, a group of people always congregated near me. Throughout the entire shooting process this always happened. The shot/scene taken from Art Museum was probably one of the biggest examples of this. If you have ever been to the art museum here in Philadelphia, you know that people often run to the top of the stairs and get their picture taken or take pictures of the Philadelphia skyline. I set up my gear one-stair level below the top and started shooting away. Within two minutes, I noticed the crowed that was at the top level had now moved on the same level I was standing on. The people who were running up the stairs even decided to stop on the same level I was at instead of running to the top. As soon as I began pack up and leave, the level had cleared out and people went back up to the top of stairs. There was another instance were I was in a park all by myself. As time began to pass, I noticed that a small group had formed in the area I was shooting in. I guess a part of us is still wired to feel safer in larger numbers. The whole strength in numbers thing never really goes away, even if no apparent danger was in sight.
Anyhow, hope you enjoy the video, till next time have a good one everyone!
This time-lapse was inspired by the “Empty America Series” by Ross Ching and the Nibiran jungle scene in Star Trek Into Darkness. When I first saw the scene in Star Trek, it made me think about how color infrared would look if we could see it with our own eyes, unaided by IR filters. After seeing the movie and watching Ross’s series I thought about how a totally empty city would look in Kodak EIR style infrared.
All scenes were shot around Philadelphia using my full-spectrum camera and a yellow filter. During the editing/post-processing of the scenes I tried to keep as much of the “real world” colors, while maintaining the surreal look of infrared. The first scene and time-lapse title was prompted by an infrared series that I’ve been shooting over the years called “Wonderland”. If you are interested in seeing some of the photos from this series check out the link below:
Music: "To The Hills" composed & performed by “Ben Lukas Boysen”.
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Stunning.....just stunning. I hope to one day work up to this level of skill great job!
Very nice! Jared Polin brought me here btw. Hope to see you on RAWtalk soon!
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