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Cut a Camera in Half

Thanks to the Hydraulic Press Channel, People with access to high power dangerous equipment have an entirely new revenue stream thanks to YouTube videos.  That’s just the premise of the WaterJet Channel, they have a high power water jet that they use to cut things in half.

Just like the HPC, they seem to know a lot about their piece of equipment, but not a lot about what they’re cutting.  However, unlike the HPC, they don’t have that sick accent.

Watch them cut apart an old DSLR, look at all the empty space in it.

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Astro Core

Having gotten more into the art of time-lapse, I’ve discovered that adding motion to them makes them that much better.  However, manually panning and tilting a tripod head is difficult and often gives poor results.  There are tons of dedicated motion controls out there.  However, I never really thought about how they are actually supposed to work.  Programming in motion is not a trivial task.  That’s where the people at Astro Core come in.  They have hooked up a normal rotating disc to Bluetooth and a smart phone app.  Using the gyroscope on your smart phone, move it in the motion you’d like to capture.  That gets translated into the code necessary to turn the disc properly.  They even work together, so you can have record movement in all 3 axis.

They have a Kickstarter, it still has 20 days left, but it’s already reached it’s goal.  They expect delivery by December 2016.  I’m thinking of getting one, I need clarity from the creators on if it will work with my camera though.  No use getting something that I can’t even use.

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Self Powered Camera

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Last year researchers at Columbia came up with a camera that was self-powered.  Using the energy from light itself the camera’s sensor, they not only record an image, but power the camera completely.  They say this was achieved with regular off the shelf items, and I pretty much believe that.  But it’s quite a long way away from becoming something useful.  The camera only produces an image in the resolution of 30×40 pixels, which as you can see below, is pretty poor by our super quality 8k screens.  Additionally, it works best indoors in well lit environments.  For less then ideal conditions, or varying conditions, they came up with an algorithm to modulate the recording speed of the camera.

I think this could have potential, but like I said, it’s quite a few years away from being useful.  Too bad too, as I could totally use it in my 12 day stint in the middle of Alaska, which is where I currently am right now…

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DIY Cheap 3-D

Stereoscopic images are a basic way to give you brain a perception of depth from a single 2-d photo.  However, it’s usually pretty difficult to get working without super expensive cameras and setups.

Well, Mathieu Stern discovered a cheap adapter called a Stereax on eBay for only $30.  With alittle modification to get the adapter to mount to a modern lens, he was able to make some pretty neat 3-D images with just his regular slr.  Now, stereoscopic images are supposed to be best viewed with crossed eyes, but most people are bad at doing that, so the other way of using PhotoShop to make an animated gif works to.  You get the depth perception there, and that’s usually good enough to get the idea.

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Pinhole DSLR

A pinhole camera is the most basic type of camera there is.  Light enters a tiny pinhole and then exposes a light sensitive film. The above video shows you how to make a very simple adapter for your DSLR to turn it into a pinhole camera.  It’s nice, but I’m not sure if it’s really practical.  If you like the effect,sure, but me, I prefer the actual camera lenses.

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Nanoblock Nikon


Nanoblock is sorta like LEGO, except smaller.  And, it’s not LEGO, and it’s Japanese.  It’s smaller pieces, hence the name, that allow more detailed models to be made.  It looks cool, but I don’t think they will have any real dangerous impact on LEGO.  However, this small model is really nano, because it’s made up of 1,000 pieces.  That’s quite alot.  It almost begs the question, does Nanoblock have larger pieces so that the don’t need as many?

You can buy it from Nikon Direct, but it’s in Japan, luckilly, it only costs about $30, which isn’t bad.  Unfortunately, it will probably never see the light of day in beautiful America.

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D80 Teardown

Taking apart electronics is a always a trick subject.  Firstly, why are you taking it apart, is it broken and you’re trying to fix it, or do you want to see the insides of it?  Are you alright not being able to put it back together?  Is it yours?

Well, Jon at Prime Studios recently was hit with a broken Nikon D80 DSLR, and he answers the questions above in the first 30 seconds of the video below.  Yes, it is a long video coming in at over 15 minutes, but if you’re interested in what makes up the camera, then take a gander at the video below.

There are a surprisingly large amount of screws holding the plastic body to the innards.  Also, that fish-eye lens close to the back of the desk bothers me, it should not be there, it should be away.  I do like his carelessness attitude towards taking it apart, it is broken after all.  This isn’t really a video to explain to you how the camera works, it’s more to just show you what’s inside it, and how difficult it is to take it apart.

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Motorize ZOOM Star Trails

Mike Ver Sprill has a put together nice Instructable on how to create a rig that will allow you to take motorized ZOOM star trails, like the one below:

ZOOM Star Trails

I like this photo, and the technique, but I can’t fathom building this rig for something that would rarely get used.  You need a view of the North Star, a dark sky, and something in the foreground to make it worthwhile.  Around me, I have none of those unfortunately.  But please, if any of you make this, send some photos my way, I’d love to see what was made with it.

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Time Lapse Train Tracks

Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.

I always wondered how they got those tracks into the street like that.  It seems very complicated and indepth.  But it only took 3 1/2 days according to the description, at a cost of $1 million.  I’m not sure what was wrong with the old ones, of it it was just time to replace them or the city had stimulus money that they needed to spend on something.  But it’s an interesting watch.  I watched all 12 minutes of it, you don’t have to, after the first few minutes, it pretty much is just a repeat of everything else.  I would say watch the end when their pout the concrete, that’s pretty cool, cause I was wondering how they were gonna do that.  Well, I hopped for black top, but they went with concrete, but whatever, still interesting.


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The Sky

It’s no secret that I love the sky.  I can (and have) sat for hours just looking at the clouds as they pass.  Whenever I go on a trip on an airplane, I require a window seat, and spend 90% of the time looking out it.  I love it.  So this history of the sky experiment is right up my alley.

Some people in San Francisco have set up a camera and a computer to take a picture of the sky every 10 seconds.  They then use fancy software to categorize the images and separate them by day.  Then they go and make a time-lapse video of them.  The above video is part of the experience so far.  It shows the first 42 days.  The amazing thing to keep in mind though, is that all 42 of those individual movie frames are synchronized.  So noon on the first screen is noon on the 3rd one in on the 4th row, and noon on the very last one.  The first day of the experiment is in the upper left, and the newest day in the bottom right.  The coolest thing about the video, is when it fades to black at the end of the day, slowly fading row by row from the bottom up.

The creators envision this being displayed in a few different ways, ideally it being someway you can see all 365 days at once.  I like it.  I want to go see it, it looks awesome.