Re: [PanoToolsNG] NASCAR panorama
- On Fri, 02 Mar 2007 18:42:06 +0900, Andrei Zdetovetchi <zdeto@...>
> Very interesting!Andrei, his camera is essentially a fixed slit past which the cars pass,
> I looked on Datavision/Rick Graves portfolio, and the images I saw there
> look weird, yet interesting but some of them look grotesque, like a
> nightmare. I am talking about the one's with people inside... very
> deformed. Also most of his images have some vertical stripes in them...
> Anyone has any ideea about how he managed to create this? My head is
> filled with technical questions now.... ;))
> Best regards,
> Andrei Zdetovetchi
> the panoblogus - http://www.csvd.ro/panoblog/
and a moto drives the film past the slit at a speed that matches the
passage of the cars in front of the slit. Any slight mismatch, which
would result in foreshortening or stretching of the car images could
presumably be easily corrected in PhotoShop.
Since people, and the various parts of their bodies, all pass the slit
at varying speeds, there is much more distortion in the resulting
images than there is with NASDAR cars, which all go past in a tight
bunch at about the same speed.
The same effect can be seen in Seiko photo-finish picture of the finishes
of major sporting events, like Carl Luis's breaking of the 100m 10sec
barrier (which I personally witnessed here in Tokyo).
- The European Indoor Championships is going on right how in in Birmingham -
you just have to find a sport channel showing it to see similar cameras in
Or go to your local horse-race web-page, like this
- Recently went to FOCUS on imaging exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham
(UK) and saw this 360 camera by Spheron
My guess is that the NASCAR photos were taken with something similar
with the 360 revolution matched to the average laptime of the cars,
thus rendering the complete oval blurred whilst recording the cars as
Just my 2p worth
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Ian Wood <panolists@...> wrote:
> On 1 Mar 2007, at 23:24, jasonwalp wrote:
> > A friend just sent me this article about a photographer shooting
> > panoramas at the NASCAR race at Daytona:
> > http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070223/FREE/
> > 70216011/1065/FREE
> > Thought this would be the perfect group to share it with.
> Interesting stuff!
> Not quite as innovative or unique as it's made out to be in the
> article, though. But that's partly just journalism.
> Slitscan photography is a well-understood technique used by a
> surprisingly large number of photographers - I personally know two
> (and know of a third) in the UK alone who have used similar
> electronically-controlled motor-driven medium format cameras...
> admit that 66" per second is pretty unusual.
> Tim MacMillan (the timeslice guy) has a lot of images that are
> similar to those on the Distavision site, but they were done in
> Eighties and Nineties and aren't on the web anywhere. :-(
> You can see images which are a bit similar to Tim's by Andrew
> Dominic Pote uses a similar system but to quite different effect:
> I'll give you three guesses who made his first integrated
> camera for him...
> For a really comprehensive list of stuff have a look at <http://
> www.flong.com/writings/lists/list_slit_scan.html> which contains
> moving film and video slitscan work.
> Other stuff:
> Half a mile of train on fourteen feet of film:
> Last but definitely not least, after the 2006 PT meeting in Bath
> where we visited Tim MacMillan, Thomas Rauscher knocked up a Flash
> slitscan app which works with your webcam:
- It's a static camera with moving film.
If it were rotating it would be the ground would be clear and the
cars would either be long blurs (if travelling in the same direction
as the camera) or very short blobs (if travelling against the camera).
But it could be done with a Spheron or other scanning camera if you
turned the rotation motor off - might not be enough control over
On 2 Mar 2007, at 14:58, d9616 wrote:
> Recently went to FOCUS on imaging exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham
> (UK) and saw this 360 camera by Spheron
> My guess is that the NASCAR photos were taken with something similar
> with the 360 revolution matched to the average laptime of the cars,
> thus rendering the complete oval blurred whilst recording the cars as
> Just my 2p worth
> Dave H
- With my old Spinshot rotating camera for film I could fasten the camera and
let the handle roll to have it worl like at "finish line slit-camera".
Wouldn't it be possible to do the same with the Spheron - just remember to
rewind the cable before you take the next shot ;-)
My link in the former mail didn't work because the use special danish
charecters in the file name - didn't knew it was possible at all!!
But here you also find a collectin of fish line photos:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Wood" <
> It's a static camera with moving film.
> If it were rotating it would be the ground would be clear and the
> cars would either be long blurs (if travelling in the same direction
> as the camera) or very short blobs (if travelling against the camera).
> But it could be done with a Spheron or other scanning camera if you
> turned the rotation motor off - might not be enough control over
> speed, though.
> On 2 Mar 2007, at 14:58, d9616 wrote:
>> Recently went to FOCUS on imaging exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham
>> (UK) and saw this 360 camera by Spheron
>> My guess is that the NASCAR photos were taken with something similar
>> with the 360 revolution matched to the average laptime of the cars,
>> thus rendering the complete oval blurred whilst recording the cars as
>> Just my 2p worth
>> Dave H