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The Sandpit


Time to share something with you all that is seriously amazing!

The Sandpit – A day in the life of New York City, in miniature.

Original Music: composed by Human (www.humanworldwide.com), co-written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong.

Some rad details about this -

It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card. The boats had slower frame rates, and the night shots used exposures up to two seconds each. The camera actually has an automatic cut off after 130 shots, so for longer shots I counted each click and quickly released and re-pressed the shutter release after 130 to keep shooting.

Over 35,000 stills in total were shot.

To achieve the mini look – I did some initial tests a while back using a rented 24mm tilt-shift lens, which is the standard way to do this. However, after my tests, I found it made much more sense to do this effect in post, rather than in camera. Shooting tilt-shift requires a tripod, as it is very hard to stabilise afterwards, and gives less flexibility in the final look. I opted to shoot it on normal lenses, which allowed me options in the depth of field and shot movement in post. I used a tripod for the night shots, and my Gorillapod (which is much more portable) where possible, but many locations—like hanging over the edge of a roof or through a gap in fencing on a bridge– had to be shot hand held, and the inevitable wobble removed afterwards.

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Biaka Zaidarhzauva

04.28.10 11:37 am

Wow this was absolutely amazing, I’m reposting the video on my facebook and website. I probably watched this at least 4 times in a row.

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