The Picture Post – Observe Your World in Extreme Slow Motion

The “Picture Post”, a tool for a program going on through the University of New Hampshire, is a method of taking what amounts to extreme time-lapse photography. The purpose of this project is to observe the world around you with a 360 degree view taken at a regular interval.

The setup is quite simple consisting of a 9 inch diameter post, and an octagon to set your camera against.  Just place your camera one edge, take the picture and repeat around the octagon until done. You can register on their site to make your post official and contribute to society’s general knowledge about the environment and seasonal changes.

Although interesting in itself, this concept could be applied to many situations that one would want to record in this manner.  For instance, a “hacker post” could be set up in a hackerspace for members to record their projects on or even the progress of the building itself.  For another much less developed way to take photos, check out this trigger device using air freshener parts!

via [Make Magazine]

Comments

  1. tidux says:

    Well, that’s pretty awesome. I’m a UNH student and I’d never heard about this.

  2. Ren says:

    Sound like an idea to be used at [every] scenic overlook, cheap enough to implement.

  3. Pimmetje says:

    Well now we just have to wait for someone to get all the pictures from the database, stitch them together per session, and than make a panorama movie:)

  4. N0LKK says:

    I recall a movie where one of the characters was a NYC shop owner, who would snap a daily photo of the scene outside his shop door. No doubt similar has been happening all over the world.. Wasn’t a great movie nor a terrible movie, but I just recall the title of it.

    In regards to the picture post hopefully it’s an idea that will take off. Costs little, and is usable by most anyone, with a cell phone with a camera.

  5. Ryan leach says:

    this isn’t slow motion… its time lapse.

  6. Whatnot says:

    It’s funny how throw-back that site is, it’s like “My First Site”, and actually it reminds me of many NASA sites, so it’s an odd coincidence that it gets NASA funding.

    but hey it is functional and that’s the most important thing, oh and it also doesn’t use flash, thank goodness.

  7. Mace says:

    Needs more control.

    Noticed some “repeat” images a month apart. Kids playing in the exact same pose.

    Buildings also moved or at odd angles.

    I think the lens of the camera needs to be aligned with the center line each direction. Maybe using the same camera each time at a location would help.

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