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  1. abc123321
    October 29, 2012

    Um … try google’ing LineScan camera

  2. llamahunter
    October 29, 2012

    Uh.. isn’t this how they’ve been doing photo finishes for races for *years*?

  3. why06
    why06
    October 29, 2012

    So wait… how exactly is he doing this?

    “A modified technique involving blocking the rotation allowed the resulting slices to be strung together in progression to make a single composite image of a sliver of space spread over an extended period of time.”

    wut?? :|

    • David J. Hill
      October 29, 2012

      thanks for pointing out how unclear that was stated.

      funny how it makes sense in your mind until you see it through someone else’s eyes.

      • why06
        why06
        October 31, 2012

        Thanks for the edit. I think get it now.

  4. Joseph Lust
    October 29, 2012

    Ever heard of FinishLynx? They’ve been selling these timing systems for a few decades. So much for “novel” and “new.”

  5. timc
    timc
    October 29, 2012

    David — called ‘timestacking’, this image processing technique dates back to the mid-1980′s (documented in scientific papers/journals, etc.) We’ve been using the process since 2002 from live beach cameras around the world (coastalcoms dot com & coastalwatch dot com, via grant-backed research work out of Australia) to measure wave heights and other patterns in the environment to track environmental change/hazards.  We started making images of everyday things like cars and people several years ago, and when our surveillance cameras captured a unique, panning view of Huntington Beach Pier we thought we’d start posting what might look good on the wall on a website.

    Any digital video and the right software (open source btw) works. We regularly use iPhones and other portable devices (like MacBooks) during art installations to show people how they can create digital art on the fly with timestacking and some cool filters.

    Links to the scientific papers, user generated videos, and our own work from over the years… at timestackart dot com.

    • David J. Hill
      October 29, 2012

      awesome stuff – thanks for sharing your site!

      bringing this technique to light was one of my goal’s in writing this article, but clearly there’s an enormous amount of interest in this area. These images really challenge our perception of space and time in ways that are intriguing and increasingly relevant.

  6. Michael Aschauer
    October 30, 2012

    The technique is not new at all, it has been used in rotating panoramic cameras back in th 19th century (Jay Mark Johnson seems to use a digital one), Photo finish is another long standing example. It’s strange it is not as commonly known. Also it is interesting, that there is a broad range of terms describing – basically – the same principle: Slit scan, line scan, photo finish, time stack, time slice, push broom scanning (in satellite imaginery), etc..

    I really like some of Johnson’s images. A very good overview and collection of slit scan based artworks is Golan Levin’s “Informal Catalogue of Slit-Scan Video Artworks and Research” (http://flong.com/texts/lists/slit_scan/)

    I am using this method myself for years in capturing long river panoramas (<a href="River Studies – http://play.riverstudies.org/) next to other projects (for an example: 7 C-Days)

  7. Devin Palmer
    October 30, 2012
    • timc
      timc
      October 30, 2012

      very relevant. cool site.

    • David J. Hill
      October 30, 2012

      nice! thanks for sharing

  8. Anders Tell
    October 31, 2012

    Try this in photoshop; with vertical 1 row marquee tool mark an area where its mostly background only, Ctrl or Cmd+J for a new layer from the selection, free-transform (ctrl/cmd+T) the layer horizontally to the ends of your image and press enter; VOILA :) , similar effect as on some picts here, now from here you of course just need to brush in parts from foreground again with a layer mask

  9. Peter French
    November 5, 2012

    San Antonio’s Ansen Seale is another remarkable slitscan photographer. He built the camera that he uses himself and produces an amazing variety of images. If you enjoy the genre (or photography in general) then you’ll enjoy seeing Ansen’s work. http://ansenseale.com/

  10. Ivica Kis
    Ivica Kis
    November 11, 2012

    This “Camera Technique Captures New View Of Space And Time” has name. Name of this technique is cinegraphy (short of cinematophotograpy), and it was promoted in 2001. by Željko Sarić with his work “Prolaz Karla Draškovića”. (http://www.zeljko-saric.hr/) Željko Sarić is son of late Hrvoje Sarić, the inventor and constructor of the first panoramic 360° synchro_roto_photo_camera that is used for taking of cinegraphyc images (http://www.zeljko-saric.hr/images/scrf_nacrt.jpg). Cinegraphy spreads horizons of perception as well as horizons of artistic creativity.

  11. Sarah Welch
    November 14, 2012

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