A New Take on Time-Lapse

One of the more inconsistent parts of my time lapse work has got to be the spelling. Honestly, I can't decide on a single spelling to stick with in the long term. Time Lapse. Timelapse. Time-Lapse. Whatever.

In my time-lapse work recently I've been working on moving away from a wide-angle, scenic composition into some more experimental compositions focusing on central focal points that either provide a static focus in contrast to the high speed movement in the rest of the scene.

I spent about an hour setting up a shot this afternoon that took a great deal of experimentation but I was really set on making this one work. The sequence below was ultimately accomplished by wrapping a strip of clear packing tape across the vertical security bars on my living room window facing the streets. Because the tape has adhesive on one side, water sprayed in a mist on the strip the water will bead nicely on the surface but more importantly the drops will remain and will not drip downwards as easy due to gravity. I spent about twenty minutes trying to make this work on the window glass but the water had no desire to behave and stay on the glass.

What I would really like to try in the future is shoot a scene downwards through a horizontal piece of glass (with drops of beaded water) into a mirror tilted at a 45 degree angle reflecting a scene. In this case, you can see that the rough surface of the tape is only vaguely translucent when dry but the drops of water have the effect of smoothing the surface and allowing the light to pass through the tape and water in a significantly clearer path.

The result is something I find intriguing in terms of future potential for combining macro photography with time lapse photography in a unique way. I'm excited to see where it goes. Enjoy.