Fun With Photo Sequences
Monday 18 May 2015 — Category: Shooting
After I had taken some pictures of a Great Egret landing on Oso Flaco Lake around the beginning of 2012, I realized that the resulting series of images would be much more interesting if presented together, rather than spread across numerous individual pages. Thus was born my first photo sequence on this Web site, a small version of which is shown to the right.
Because I have created this Web site myself from scratch, it wasn’t very hard to add the ability to display a sequence of photos in the same image area. But after the Egret shots, I have not done much with this capability until recently. The only other sequence before 2015 was a series of 18 photos showing ocean water filling up Thor’s Well at Cape Perpetua.
My interest in sequences was reawakened earlier this year when I was testing my new Panasonic ZS50 camera by taking pictures at the bird feeder in my backyard. The resulting Bird Feeder 2015 album contains four different sequences, including an entertaining 24-image series.
As a result of my numerous photo outings to Portland over the past couple of months, new sequences are popping up in my albums like mushrooms! In just the last month I have created nine! Like most of the previous sequences, many of these communicate motion in the subject being photographed, like a bridge being raised or aerial tram cars moving along their path.
However, I have also been experimenting with some different types of sequences which demonstrate dynamics other than motion. One interesting variation illustrates differences in focus by using a shallow depth of field.
During last month’s walk along the Eastbank Esplanade, I was standing on a grating raised about 10 feet above the ground. I had the idea to communicate that difference in elevation by taking one photo focused on my feet, and another focused on the ground below.
You can see the results of my experiment to the right. I’ve created two other Portland sequences which play with focus, which you can view here and here.
Up until now, all of these sequences have consisted of different photos presented together in a series. But just this month I have created my first sequence of a single picture processed a few different ways, as shown to the right. You can read all the details in yesterday’s article, Daylight, Twilight, Moonlight.
You may be wondering why I just don’t make videos of certain scenes instead of putting together these series of photographs — at least when the sequence illustrates motion, as in the Egret example above. After all, that is what video — which is simply a sequence of images shown in rapid succession — is for. Why take still images of a moving object when a video would capture that movement more effectively and accurately?
There are a number of reasons why I almost always take pictures instead of video: