Thursday, April 23, 2009

Final Result

Final Images 40 x60 inch Digital Print

55 River Drive South, Jersey City, NJ, 03/26/09-05:30 ~ 03/27/09-08:55

214 W, 29th ST, New York, 04/03/09-15:06 ~ 04/06/09-03:41

55 River Drive South, Jersey City, NJ, 03/26/09-05:30 ~ 03/27/09-08:55

135 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, 04/01/09-22:32 ~ 04/02/09-20:20

Problems & Tests

I tested the outcome of color variation by changing the angle of the blinds to see what kind of images would work best to express the concept of “compressed time.”

Test One.
The first test was conducted to find a optional viewer position different settings that control the directions where the light source.

Test Two.
When I was shooting the wall to focus on the changing colors of light at different time settings, I set the position of the camera following different colors of light. I tested the color of the blinds with different amounts of compressing and experiment with how to express the movement of shadows. The light is straight by nature and it makes the same shape as the object, but time compressing makes curved shadows which cannot see a just snapshot.

Test Three.
In order to make an interesting view, I set the blinds in unusual places. The audience may not notice the size and location of the blinds, although it somehow gives a little strange feeling when people see the final images. Because it looks just regular blind but it located some strange place like middle of a room not an in front of windows.

Test Four.
When people first see my images, they describe like what pictures of color strips. I decided remove the mini blind which create the look of strips to experiment with wall texture. It can surprise audiences when they realize this is a picture of a wall manipulated through time compress. To maximize the perception of beauty, I took a picture of a white wall which emphasizes colors reflected throughout the day. I also tested different amount of pictures which taken by time order.

Working Method

The camera shutter is set to release once a minute. Also aperture and shutter speeds are changed manually depending on the brightness of the light source because the automatic setting makes image too bright at night. For the automatic shutter system, I used 2 different shutter releases. The first one is handmade camera shutter system I using Arduino and knife blades for a shutter button. The second one is a programmable camera shutter release. When I set the camera where it can capture a wireless internet signal, I used WIFI for transmitting the image file from the camera to a computer. Otherwise, I used high a capacity memory card. I took pictures for a three-day-period to achieve the desirable colors of light.

In order to capture various colors, I chose to work on both on clear and cloudy days with the camera set in the same place. After gathering the images, I tested different numbers of images and different algorithms for not only expressing the concept efficiently but also in an attempt to create the ideal visual effect. The algorithms are based on replacing pixels by the time difference. I changed a few things to create a painting effect but always followed the time order of the images.

Small Window Blind

I customize a small blind and put it on a tripod to change the angle and height of blind depending on the situation.

Shutter system

System I

 This system is for taking a picture automatically by time setting. I used a shutter release part in a camera. There are 3 input lines in a camera. If 2 of lines are connected, camera focuses the view and it takes a picture when 3 lines are connected. Instead of using buttons, I made a shutter using a blade of knife with servo motor.




System II

 This is a programmable shutter released, Canon TC80N3 timer remote, from canon. I used this cable for final work

How to make: structure

Concept Diagram

Concept Diagram

The blinds reflects my personality. They work as a filter of my eyes. I am drawn to the perception of beauty as expressed though the compress of time.