Miramar One

Miramar One


Quicktime movie, 26.23mb, 10:36 playing time
7629 frames, 41h41m, ~20s between frames
looking south-west from a friends apartment
as of posting the aerial image does not show the new apartment building
here is a streetview of the location
Nov 14-16, 2007
recommended: large version 752×500, 87.02mb

This is the first time lapse that I’ve time-stamped. I felt it was useful as without the time-stamp, it’s hard to tell exactly what time it is, especially at night. It also allows you to see how traffic changes with each rush hour.

I think this time lapse would have worked pretty well with a very short interval, perhaps a second or less. Obviously, I couldn’t have run it for nearly two days, but it would have converted the traffic from random noise to the main subject. The most interesting stuff happens in the second evening when various mists and clouds come in, so feel free to fast-forward to that.

The biggest problem with this time lapse is the huge number of frames don’t actually contribute to the study. I could shorten the 10 minute running time by increasing the frame rate (or by not including all the frames), but at higher rates the traffic just looks even more random. Things would work better if the view changed much more smoothly.

2 thoughts on “Miramar One

  1. Now we know that the Mormons turn off the bright lights on their towers at 11pm, and back on at 5am. I guess they don’t feel the need to attract converts in the middle of the night.

    The clouds and fog are interesting.

  2. I agree – all movement is relevant only at speeds between the random and the imperceptible. The clouds and moon on night 2 work well at this speed, I played with the slider on my own and was able to make the tree shadows look fun at about 10x speed. It would be neat to have some representation that would synthesize the time scales for traffic, moons and shadows.

    BTW the calcycling website has been overhauled and my life’s best work has been discarded.

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