One minute of a music box mechanism as it plays out with the last of its winding.
Lit with a bare 60W lightbulb. Shot with a GH1 + 58mm Helios-44M f2 + 1" extension tube.
I took seven takes of this, as the amount of winding and previous stopping position influenced how much tune I would get before the spring ran out of energy. This one is take no.5.
What [sort of] can't be seen here is a sheet of glass that is tacked inside the wooden music box to cover the mechanism. Its reflection-prone surface causes some hazyness, so I decided to turn up the contrast in-camera as much as I could - I didn't want it looking extra washed-out.
Won Runner Up for "1 Minute: A Vimeo Weekend Project" on 24th November 2011.