Saturday, August 27, 2011

I wish you could stay Echo: Jaume Plensa at Madison Square Park Conservancy

May 2011 The Madison Square Park Conservancy presented Jaume Plensa’s long-awaited New York City public space debut, ECHO. The conservancy has had several incredible sculptures through out the past few years, but Echo, is extraordinary in size and transcends this green space into a tranquil sanctuary in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities and is by far my favorite. 

Seems everyone I know has taken pictures of Echo including myself, but I wanted to find a way to show it in a different way. I decided to attempt a time lapse video with my Canon TSi, using an Aputure Timer Remote Cord and Sequimago, a free Applescript, that creates image sequences without QuickTime Pro. 

I made many mistakes, this being my first time lapse video, but the end result is interesting. On my next attempt with time lapse I'll set everything on the camera, including white balance, to manual, because I did experience some exposure issues. I shot a picture every 4 seconds. There's a total of 601 images sequenced at 15 FPS which results in a HD quality 38 second video. The video jumps a bit too much for my taste so next time I may change the interval to 2 or 3 seconds to achieve smoother movement. 

Near the end of shooting Echo two automatic lawn sprinklers went off unexpectedly taking turns soaking the camera and lens, but it's a nice addition to the surreal imagery. My son was assisting me with the shoot and sprung into action when he saw what was happening. We tag teamed back and forth blocking the stream of spray the best we could with a bag and his back and by the end we were soaked, but we were laughing hysterically!

Echo has been extended until September 11, 2011. If you have a chance I highly recommend visiting her before she leaves.

I hope Hurricane Irene goes easy on you Echo.

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