Yet Another Camera Slider. That’s what I’m calling my slider system.
So I want a motorized camera slider for time lapse photography and stop motion, but I don’t see myself using it enough to justify spending $$$$! To the soldering iron!
The idea of the build started out simple enough. I had a cheapish slider to begin with, and I figured it wouldn’t be hard to slap a motor on the end to get movement in one axis.
It took some thinking on how to mount the motor with the limited real estate at the ends of the existing slider, but I realized it could be done if I made a bracket to raise the camera while allowing the timing belt to pass through. I used carbon fiber filled, polycarbonate filament for the print. Great stuff! A little weak in layer adhesion, but is super rigid and light weight.
Here’s a test video I made with just the slider portion:
I guess I’ll stop there and save the pan & tilt head for another post :)
In the peril of a power outage, my survival instincts kicked in and I built a fort. Next of course, I needed to take a picture of my awesome fort.
As candid as it may look, I actually put effort into capturing this scene. Used my phone for wireless control over the camera, a remote flash concealed behind the book, and a couple out of frame flashlights to fill in the environment. I took my time to craft this image.
First, I situated the pillows so their lines would lead to my face. I then pulled the curtain to counter those lines and add to the look of coziness. Next, I was conscious of keeping everything fairly monochromatic; with exception to the red and green (color compliments) at the center of interest. Though I wanted to fill out the environment and tell the story of what is going on; ultimately, I aimed to hold the viewers attention tightly — keep them visually as cozy as I was :)
Something I’ve really enjoyed about getting back into photography, is that I find it refueling my creativity. When producing artwork from your imagination, it’s not just coming out of thin air. You have to rely on your past experiences, observations, and understanding of how things work. When I take pictures, I’m looking to observe and Identify what it is that makes something appealing.
I’ll use this image of train tracks I took in the rocky mountains for my first example:
I’d bore us both just using text to explain what it is I think is working well in this shot. Instead, I made this gif, illustrating How I See Things :)
Your eye naturally wants to follow paths and anything it can visually connect as lines when looking about an image. Knowing this, I pay attention to where the lines in a scene are directing the viewer to look. I don’t want them to slide my audience right off the picture. You know that photo that doesn’t hold your attention? It’s often because the image itself is telling you not to look at it :)
Here is the first photo I’ve decided to post on my art blog.
I don’t intend to post too many photos here. You can just head over to my ShootingPrettyThings.com website if you want to keep up with all the pictures I do take. What I plan to do here is post the ones that have some particular significance.
This photo was one of the first I took when getting back into photography. It was an eye opener into what can be done with modern cameras. Sure, I had been using digital cameras for years, and rented out a couple high end DSLRs back in college, but this was the first time I started shooting RAW, and really understood what that meant — technically and artistically. Got to love that smooth dynamic range!