Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
One of the tweaks that I needed to do to get the time lapse rover working was come up with a coupler that went from 8mm to 1/4" so that the stepper motor shaft would connect to the 1/4" D-Shaft. I originally could only find ones that didn't have a set screw, and the shaft would slip under any torque from the motor.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
It's not often you get a chance to watch the University of Wisconsin Badgers from the suite level. I brought a GoPro HD Hero 3 with me thinking that I may be able to get some time lapse footage of the game. It's still a fun little camera, as they don't let you into the stadium with professional level photography gear, and it's not worth the hassle of walking back to the car if you get turned away. The GoPro gives a really wide angle of the stadium and crowd, but can't zoom in on the action. Perfect for some time lapse.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
When I originally built the time lapse rover to work with the eMotimo TB3, the only option that I could figure out was to have the gears outside the frame, and have the stepper motor mounted parallel to the back axle. This wasn't pretty and based upon that original design, the rover was only 1-wheel drive.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Save money by making your own floating wall mounting blocks for aluminum metal printsThe 2014 Art Fair season is almost here, and I'm making last minute preparations. I ordered a number of aluminum metal prints to add to my collection, but didn't order them with mounting blocks. It adds an additional ~$8.50 per metal print depending on vendor, so I decided to try and save some money by making my own floating wall mounting blocks. I already have a plunge router, so all I really needed was the router bit, template, and template guide.
- 3/8-Inch Keyhole Router Bit with 1/4-Inch Shank
- PORTER-CABLE 42046 5/8-Inch Template Guide
- Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape, 1-Inch by 60-Inch
- Rockler Picture-Hanging Keyhole Template
m2 Photography will be participating in a number of summer art festivals. I will keep this page updated if I am accepted to any more. I hope to see you at one of these events!
Saturday, May 31st - Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Saturday, July 12th - Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Friday, August 1st - Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Saturday, August 9th - Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I took a day trip to Chicago yesterday to play with my DIY time lapse rover, and captured one of the most iconic Chicago landmarks; Cloud Gate. I believe that most in Chicago refer to this as "The Bean" and is heavily traveled by tourists. Great place to test the longevity of the rover, and capture a ton of movement due the high volume of foot traffic in the park. The cool thing about the bean is that it's basically on giant mirror, so in essence, this is my and the rovers first time lapse "selfie."
Unfortunately, I had to stand guard over the rover as it made its way around the bean, as I didn't want anyone tripping over it. Therefore, I'm in the reflection of the bean too. It wasn't a great day for clouds in Chicago, but there was some whispy clouds that showed up better in the reflection. The eMotimo TB3 drove the rover hundreds of feet in 2 hours and 15 minutes. I captured an image once every 10 seconds on 3 different cameras. The 2 GoPros were there to document the journey, and my Canon 5D Mark III was pointed at the bean. I had about 15 people come up and ask me what I was doing, and some aspiring photographers interested in the rig. The problem with the rover is the time for set up, as I have to drive the entire distance that the rover is going to take, and it wasn't designed to go very fast. So for this sequence, it probably took almost 20 minutes to set up.