I combined everyday soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques. Black ferrofluid and dye race through bubble structures, drawn through by the invisible forces of capillary action and magnetism.
Time-lapse sequences: Nikon D90, Nikkor 60mm macro lens and custom built intervalometer.
Motion-control: Arduino driven scanner platform and mirror rigs
Score: Ableton Live
This is a collection of timelapse pieces that I shot between late June and early August, 2011, in Eastern Wyoming, and Western Nebraska.
All sequences were shot on the 5D Mark II, in RAW format. The lens used, in all but two shots, was a 24mm f/1.4L II, which I rented from Borrowlenses.com. The other two were shot on my 16-35mm f/2.8L II.
Motion control for the timelapse shots were provided by the excellent Dynamic Perception Stage-Zero Dolly. Since purchasing the dolly, I have been using motion control on almost every timelapse that I shoot. dynamicperception.com/
I have to say, shooting this piece was one of the best experiences that I have had in my life. Travelling 1000 miles from home to spend the summer trying to capture all of the beauty around me was amazing. I finally had the chance to truly see what the night sky was supposed to look like, and it left me breathless. During many moments in the video, you can see plenty of shooting stars, along with a few satellites, and a plane here and there.
One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm with stars shots. The opportunity doesn't come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it.