The art of transit

And now for something completely different…


Video by Graeme Taylor, via Straylight

I really appreciate the effect achieved by Mr. Taylor for its ability to slow down the chaotic blur that the world often seems to be from the seat of a train.  I’ll let him explain how he achieved it.

The ‘trick’ is the camera collects images at a rate of 210 per second – but the film is played back at 30 frames per second. So, every seven seconds of footage that you watch corresponds to 1 real second. At least at the start, one real second is plenty of time for someone to move into, then out of, the camera’s field of view, but isn’t enough time for them to really do much: hence, the frozen effect.

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