Finally, after six months, some slow retreat time has opened up and I am able to start the lengthy process of setting up the 4000 photos taken at Windgrove Tasmania from the 11 camera stations. This earlier post talks about this aspect of the residency – basically an attempt to slow down the process of photography to match the pace of how landscapes are formed in geological time periods. The unstated goal (can you have an unstated goal on a blog…?) is to work towards simulating shutter speeds of years, decades, centuries, and millennia. This is a first baby step – a two-month shutter speed.
The photographs were taken at all times of day and night from a fixed point over two months. They are taken using visible, ultra-violet, and infrared light. A scientist would call this “raw field data” . Now, back at the lab/studio, all the raw images need to be registered to each other and then overlaid in different configurations… Not a small chore *(note to geeks below). Here is an earlier post that describes the collecting of all the original photos.
These first attempts at merging these image are from the camera stations that I think are the simplest and most straight forward – working up to the harder ones and ones I think have the most potential. Basically, I need to learn how this works. Mistakes usually bring gifts at this point.
For comparison, below is a regular snapshot taken from the same camera location.
Camera Station #4 below. A first experimental version followed by a regular snap shot from the same vantage point. It is evident that night photos are working into the equation because you can see the lights of a town in the upper left corner.
* Note to Geeks. Visible, ultra-violet, and infrared light wavelengths are so different that they focus at different lens points. Thus, when in focus on the sensor, each image is a different size. Plus, lens distortion is not the same across all three wavelengths. Thus, you cannot simply align the images in Photoshop for layering. Everything needs to be tweaked – usually by hand. What is not perfect in this process becomes an artifact that is whole-heartedly embraced by the artist…