What if you could snap a full day to night transition with a click of a camera rather than just a split of a second? You can, of course, do this with a time lapse. But I am talking a single photo.
Photographer Richard Silver did just this with his “Time Sliced” project. The photographs in this project show iconic buildings and each photo in this project is made from 36 photos taken at intervals and spliced together to make a full day to night transition.
I was wondering how Richard left the camera for a full day at one location and he told DIYP that
I set my camera up on my tripod knowing I will be taking the same exact photo for about an hour or so. I get to my position (which I pick ahead of time for best location) 30 minutes before sunset, stay there through sunset and 15-30 minutes after the sun sets. Depending on how far I am away from the building or monument that I am shooting I shoot with anywhere from a f11-f16 F-stop, either 100 or 200 ISO and start out in AUTO and move to manual as needed for light. I try and let the natural light be the final lighting that I use. In the end I take 40-60 photos but use mostly 36 images for the final single photo. Starting off in Lightroom and then moving into Photoshop is the process I go with
It may seem easy but there are plenty of challenges:
Trying to come up with the original idea of how to do it. It took a while to figure out how in Photoshop I could accomplish what my vision was. Also, cameras are not like the human eye at all. I find it strange that sometimes the photos do not match up to one another when I am putting the Slices together. That is one of the problems with the post processing which is the most frustrating. When taking the photos, there are a many. People in your way, cloudy days (I have shot a few places in NY twice), street lights appearing, car lights, people bumping into your tripod and in the winter freezing my butt off
Birds Nest, Beijing, China
Colisseum, Rome, Italy
Duomo, Milan, Italy
Gateway to India, Mumbai, India
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Parliament Building, London, England
Revolution Square, Havana, Cuba
Big Buddha, Phuket
Sula Pagoda, Yangon
Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile
[Time Sliced | Richard Silver]
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